The Intent of our Science Curriculum
At The Willows Catholic Primary School our children love Science and are Scientists! We aim to give every child a broad and balanced Science curriculum which enables them to confidently explore and discover what is around them, so that they have a deeper understanding of the world we live in. We want our children to love science. We want them to have no limits to what their ambitions are and grow up wanting to be astronauts, forensic scientists, toxicologists or microbiologists. We want our children to remember their science lessons in our school, to cherish these memories and embrace the scientific opportunities they are presented with! To achieve this, it involves exciting, practical hands on experiences that encourage curiosity and questioning. Our aim is that these stimulating and challenging experiences help every child secure and extend their scientific knowledge and vocabulary, as well as promoting a love and thirst for learning. At The Willows Catholic Primary School, we have a coherently planned and sequenced curriculum which has been carefully designed and developed with the need of every child at the centre of what we do. We want to equip our children with not only the minimum statutory requirements of the science National Curriculum but to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
The Implementation of our Science Curriculum
At The Willows, Science topics are taught within each year group in accordance with the National Curriculum.
- Topics are blocked to allow children to focus on developing their knowledge and skills, studying each topic in depth.
- Every year group will build upon the learning from prior year groups therefore developing depth of understanding and progression of skills.
- Children explore, question, predict, plan, carry out investigations and observations as well as conclude their findings.
- Children present their findings and learning using science specific language, observations and diagrams.
- In order to support children in their ability to ‘know more and remember more’ there are regular opportunities to review the learning taken place in previous topics as well as previous lessons.
- At the start of each topic children will review previous learning and will have the opportunity to share what they already know about a current topic.
- Children are given a knowledge organiser at the start of each topic which details Key vocabulary, learning and information. This is not used as part of an assessment, but to support children with their acquisition of knowledge and are used as a reference document. This is also shared with parents.
- Effective CPD and standardisation opportunities are available to staff to ensure high levels of confidence and knowledge are maintained..
- Effective use of education visits and visitors are planned, to enrich and enhance the pupil’s learning experiences within the Science curriculum.
- Teachers use highly effective assessment for learning in each lesson to ensure misconceptions are highlighted and addressed.
- Effective modelling by teachers ensures that children are able to achieve their learning intention, with misconceptions addressed within it.
- Through using a range of assessment tools, differentiation is facilitated by teachers, to ensure that each pupil can access the Science curriculum.
- Children are given clear success criteria in order to achieve the learning intention with differing elements of independence.
- Pupils are regularly given the opportunity for self or peer assessment, which will then be used to inform planning, preparation, differentiation and address misconceptions within that lesson, or for the next lesson.
- Cross-curricular links are planned for, with other subjects such as Maths and English.
The Impact of our Science Curriculum
The impact of this curriculum design will lead to outstanding progress over time, across key stages, relative to a child’s individual starting point and their progression of skills. Children will therefore be expected to leave The Willows Catholic Primary School reaching at least age related expectations for Science. Through various workshops, trips and interactions with experts our Science curriculum will lead pupils to be enthusiastic Science learners and understand that science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity. We want to empower our children so they understand they have the capability to change the world. This is evidenced in a range of ways, including pupil voice, their work and their overwhelming enjoyment for science.
At The Willows we use Knowledge Organisers to help our children, and staff, ensure the key objectives are covered.
Year 1 Science Knowledge Organisers
Year 2 Science Knowledge Organisers
Animals: growth and survival
Living things and their habitats
Year 3 Science Knowledge Organisers
Skeletons and Movement
Health and Nutrition
Light, Reflections and Shadows
Year 4 Science Knowledge Organisers
Teeth, Eating & the Digestive System
Year 5 Parts of a Flower
Year 5 are learning about pollination and the parts of a flower. We made and labelled a 3D model to help us remember how it all works.
Year 3 – Volcanoes!
Year 3 are enjoying their new Geography topic 'Volcanoes and earthquakes'. They have been learning about volcanoes, what they are and how they are formed. To try and understand what happens when a volcano erupts, they created their very own volcano in a cup using...
Year 6 Make Healthy Pizzas
On Wednesday 1st February, Year 6 finally made their healthy pizzas. The children have been working hard on a healthy living project, mixing their knowledge of science and design technology. The children designed a healthy, well-balanced pizza that had less fat and...
Year 3 – Dirt Pudding!
Year 3 made dirt pudding to help them with their understanding of the how the Earth is made up of different layers of rocks and soils! At the bottom of the cup we squirted red sauce to represent the mantle, inner and outer core. Then we added biscuits for the Earth's...
Year 5 Say Cheese!
As part of our food topic, Year 5 are exploring where food comes from and how it is made. We watched a video on how cheese is made and had a go at separating milk into curds and whey.
Year 3 – Outdoor Learning Day!
Mr Sharrock organised a wonderful whole-school Outdoor Learning Day yesterday. We were so lucky with the weather and the children loved spending the entire day outside. Every class took part in activities provided by external instructors in ForestSchool, Dance and...
Year 3 – Rocks!
Year 3 started their new science topic 'Rocks and Soils' by comparing and grouping together different kinds of rocks based of their appearance. Children worked together to group different rocks and used a magnifying glass to look at them more closely. The children...
Year 3 – Magnets!
Continuing with their work on forces, Year 3 used magnets to investigate which materials are magnetic, and which materials are not. Children investigated using different magnets and explored how they can pull (attract) and push (repel) at a distance without contact!
Year 3 – Forces!
Year 3 have been learning about simple forces - pushes and pulls. We push and pull objects to do many different things. When we push or pull objects we can move the object, change the shape of the object or make the object change direction. We push and pull objects...
Year 5 Science Forces
Year 5 have been learning all about different forces in Science. We investigated air resistance by changing different variables with our Autogyros. We found out that smaller Autogyros spin more quickly than larger ones because they don't have as many air particles to...
Reception – Investigating conkers
This week Reception have been looking for signs of Autumn. They have enjoyed painting autumn trees alongside looking closely at pinecones and conkers.
Year 4 – Investigating Sound
Throughout this half term, Year 4 have been learning about Sound - more specifically how sounds are made. In the lesson you can see below the children were tasked with recognising that vibrations make sounds and it is these vibrations that then travel to the ear. ...
Year 5 – Science – Autogyros
We explored air resistance by investigating autogyros.
Year 3 – Healthy Heads
Over the past few weeks we've loved welcoming Jane into school to deliver the Healthy Heads programme. As the name suggests, the programme aims to help the children understand their mental health more particular given the stressful times we have all been through...
Year 5 – Science – Friction
We investigated friction in our science lesson and used a Newton metre to measure the force.