In Science, we seek to develop a broad, rich and rigorous curriculum that stretches and challenges all our students. Our clear and precise progression framework outlined below, allows teachers to plan for progression and ensure they are aware of the continuity across year groups and topics. The framework documentation highlights the key teaching points as well as making explicit links to the enquiry skills and approaches being alluded to in each task.
Children should have the opportunity to carry out practical investigations in science that help them to develop their scientific skills. These are the skills that scientists need to carry out research and are sometimes referred to as a cycle of plan, do, review. Our children will be given the opportunity explore practical experiments as well as having access to equipment, providing them with a sense of ownership to be able plan their own scientific investigation.
Our curriculum design allows for the inclusion of all learners, achieved through differentiation and wide range of assessment opportunities. The ‘Big Questions’ outlined within the progression documentation, allow for AFL to take place and enables teachers to plan the topic in response to the children’s specific needs.
Science teaching at Laceby Acres Primary Academy aims to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically, to gain an understanding of scientific processes and also an understanding of the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.
Ultimately, a strong understanding of Science will allow children to understand concepts, recognise the importance of rational explanation, develop their ability to explain the world around them, predict, analyse and broaden their vocabulary, all while developing a sense of curiosity and excitement for the natural world. Here at Laceby Acres Academy our belief is that science is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and as educators, our role is to develop key scientific skills and knowledge alongside a sense of curiosity and excitement and in doing so we will be creating the scientists of the future.
Children must be given the opportunity to practise scientific enquiry skills. These are the skills that scientists need to carry out research and are sometimes referred to as a cycle of plan, do, review. Teachers should be aware of the progression of these skills across the primary phases and plan to teach and assess these skills within children's practical investigations. For example, if children are recording data in a table.
Over the course of an academic year, pupils should carry out several investigations that involve different types of enquiry. This ensures the lesson and task design has a primary science focus (isn’t a hidden literacy task). Allowing the children to progress as scientists.