Castle Bromwich

Infant and Nursery School

Reach for the Stars

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Science

Science at CBINS

 

Intent - Our Science curriculum is designed to give children the foundations for understanding the world. We encourage our children to become scientists by developing their scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding, allowing them to make observations and investigate scientific lines of enquiry in the world around us. We feel it is crucial for children to develop a spirit of curiosity in order to understand the importance of science today and for the world’s future.

Curriculum Drivers

Big ideas

Mapping

  • Learning for Life
  • Learning together; Making connections
  • Learning and Living Healthily
  • Learnning and Living in our Community and the Wider World
  • Working scientifically and observing changes
  • Animals including humans
  • Plants
  • Our environment and beyond
  • Materials
  • Progression of skills and knowledge
  • Builds on, embeds and deepens prior learning
  • Enquiry, exploration and investigation underpin teaching and learning.

 

Implementation – We implement this by following a cycle of learning experiences that builds on prior scientific knowledge and understanding in order to meet and go beyond national expectations as outlined in the EYFS curriculum and, using the Engaging Science Scheme to supplement the KS1 curriculum. Children learn to become scientists through: play and exploration; discussion and talk with peers and knowledgeable adults; investigating relevant real world open-ended questions; and quality first teaching. Crucial to this is a rich learning environment that encourages children to use and apply scientific language to communicate scientific ideas clearly and precisely. 

Teaching

Support and challenge

Retaining knowledge

  • Modelling through clear presentation of subject matter
  • Responsive and adaptive to the needs of children
  • Assessment for learning throughout
  • Promoting independence through learning and play
  • Impactful questioning that promotes deeper thinking and talk
  • Promoting the use of everyday language, the language of learning e.g. compare, analyse etc... and subject specific vocabulary e.g. transparent, stem etc…
  • Developmentally appropriate that leads to high levels of productivity
  • Scaffolding through resources, models, peer support and adult interaction
  • Addressing errors at the point of misconception
  • Delving deeper through questioning, both adult led and child led
  • Use feedback, learning conversations, play partnering and sustained shared thinking strategies to reinforce and extend learning
  • Sequential mapping and skills progression that revisits and reinforces taught content
  • Learning environment that reinforces taught knoweldge and encourages application to new learning with continuous provision inviting children to turn to science as part of their play and exploration
  • Applying investigative skills and knowledge into new contexts by making links to previous learning

 

Impact – Our Science curriculum leads to good results across the school. At the end of EYFS 89% of children achieved their Early Learning Goal for Understanding the World compared to 88% nationally. At the end of KS1 87% of children achieved the expected standard for science compared to 83% nationally. This is reflected in our children’s strong understanding of scientific concepts, use of subject specific language and ability to use and apply their scientific knowledge during meaningful discovery, exploration and play both inside and outside the classroom.

 

 

 

 

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