St John Fisher Catholic Primary School
Science: Curriculum Statement
At St John Fisher Catholic Primary School we offer a Catholic Education to all of our children. We provide a rich and engaging science curriculum which guides the curiosity of children, encouraging them to think inquisitively. Alongside this, we promote each child’s enthusiasm to understand how their world works thereby inspiring them to promote respect for living things and their environment and think independently about their own future and impact.
We aim to install a sense of wonder and excitement for scientific discovery and for things which may yet to be understood. We prompt children to be reflective of their own experiences and to ask relevant questions about the world around them.
Utilising a range of skills and providing a range of rich learning opportunities, teachers will ensure children are exposed to a diverse science curriculum where key vocabulary is clearly highlighted and children present their learning through written work, diagrams, tables, graphs, art work and practical activities. We intend for working scientifically skills to be a core, ongoing focus allowing the children to become more independent thinkers. Children will be provided with opportunities to make predictions, carry out an enquiry, work collaboratively, think critically about evidence, present results and draw conclusions.
At St John Fisher Catholic Primary School, all staff will work collaboratively to ensure children achieve the best quality of science education. Teaching staff will combine their skills to plan and deliver engaging science topics to cover the National Curriculum. They will seek out opportunities for cross-curricular links including chances for extended pieces of writing, applying mathematics skills, using computer programs and reminding the children that the diverse world we are working to understand and discover was created by God. Effective planning and teaching of science will be monitored by the science leader and senior leadership through lesson observations, learning walks and book and planning audits. This will also ensure progression across the school. Utilising CPD opportunities will certify that staff are confident teaching science and resources and support will be provided to ensure good subject knowledge. We will continue to ensure the school is well resourced with a range of equipment for children to explore and use in a variety of experiments and practical activities
Through working alongside other schools in our cluster and Academy Trust, we will share and evaluate good practice in science. Through our contact with secondary schools, such as Salvatorian College, we will support transition for older pupils as they progress towards and into secondary school. Links with other schools also provides us with a chance to share richer resources and learning experiences.
Engaging with the wider science community including making links with STEM Ambassadors and inviting visitors and parents with a career based in science will give children a deeper insight into how science plays its role in the working world around us. We will also engage the curiosity and wonder of children by celebrating science events across the year such as British Science Week in the Spring Term.
We will ensure pupils themselves are able to share and reflect on their own science learning through pupil voice surveys and groups. The Eco-Science Committee will continue to work alongside staff and pupils to support science events while promoting ideas for how our school can contribute to the safety of our planet.
Teachers will use a range of assessment strategies to ensure children are have a secure understanding curriculum content. Learning ladders at the start of each topic outlining objectives will allow children to assess themselves both in science content and their working scientifically skills. Teachers will use these learning ladders alongside their professional judgement and work produced by the children to level the children at the end of each topic. Termly ‘Working Scientifically’ targets will also be given to show progression in these skills across the school.
The hard work and collaboration of staff ensures a diverse curriculum which engages all children and provides them with equal opportunities to foster a love and enthusiasm for science as a subject. High quality teaching will allow children to articulate their scientific ideas more fluently and encourage creative thinking when asking and answering scientific questions. Regular cross curricular opportunities will result in children’s awareness of science’s importance in all areas. Effective monitoring and engaging with other schools will ensure all staff are confident in their teaching of science and well-kept resources will allow for engaging practical activities and a growing understanding of how equipment works for the pupils .
Forming links outside of school and holding science events will result in the profile of science at St John Fisher remaining high. It will expose pupils to areas of science outside the curriculum coverage of their year group and explore the impact of science and scientists on the wider world. Pupil voice will allow children to take charge of their own learning experiences. A range of assessment opportunities will ensure teachers have the means to inform the planning and teaching of future lessons.
In line with our school curriculum drivers, children at St John Fisher will:
- Adopt a growth mindset in their learning experiences to continue to ask scientific questions and wonder about the world around them.
- Master the core skills in the science curriculum.
- Think creatively about how and why science works and articulate their thoughts and questions confidently using scientific vocabulary.
- Collaborate with each other in practical activities.
- Be allowed and encouraged to take risks with different equipment and variables while being clearly aware of safety in science.
- Be self-managing with their learning by independently evaluating scientific results and reflecting on their learning through self-assessment.
The Leader for Science is Alex Arnold.