As one of the core subjects taught in Primary Schools, we give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires. At Broomfield, we aim to recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life
Our curriculum is aimed at increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, and with developing skills associated with Science that allow children to explore the world around them. We endeavour to teach children those transferable skills that enable them to reach other areas of the curriculum by providing opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence and at the same time try to use scientific learning to help support basic skills such as data handling and explanation. Science allows the natural curiosity of the child to develop and we aim to promote this discovery whilst allowing children to use and respect the world around them: both the physical environment and the living organisms. We encourage outdoor learning where possible by using the school grounds, pond and other outdoor spaces in the local area.
At Broomfield, our science teaching offers opportunities for children to develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific topics covered. Through the use of varied teaching methods we hope that our children will be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future. Lessons include the use of a range of methods to communicate their scientific information and present it in a systematic, scientific manner, including I.C.T., diagrams, graphs and charts. We expect the children to develop a respect for the materials and equipment they handle with regard to their own, and other children’s safety.
All our year groups use the National Curriculum to provide a structure and skill development for the science curriculum being taught across the school.
We strive to ensure that the impact of the Science curriculum we provide will give children the confidence and motivation to continue to further develop their skills into the next stage of their education and life experiences. This confidence is displayed through our annual Science week and Science projects.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, activities are planned in relation to the “Understanding the World” area of the foundation stage curriculum. Children’s progress and achievements are assessed against the Early Learning Goals at the end of Foundation. The activities are planned in a cross curricular way through topic areas that are interesting and enjoyable.
During Key stages 1 and 2, science is taught through cross curricular topics and also specific subject lessons. Wherever possible, links are made between science and other subjects, particularly literacy, maths, DT and ICT. Activities are planned to cover the relevant key science skills and knowledge for each year group, with particular importance placed on children working practically so that they can make discoveries for themselves. Work is recorded in a variety of ways including the use of drawings, charts, graphs and photographs. Children complete science investigations regularly with an emphasis on assessing particular science investigational skills. By Upper Key Stage 2, children are able to plan, carry out and then write up their full investigations.