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.
Children enjoyed being geologists and carried out investigations to compare and group different rocks. There were three different investigations that the children needed to find the best rock for each job described. - Investigation 1 was to test how hard wearing the...
Year 5 had to undo Mr Knight's mistake. He put sand, salt, staples and beads together for Mr McKeown who actually wanted them all in separate pots. So, Year 5 had to come up with a way of separating them all out again.
Year 5 went for a visit to Morrisons. As part of their Science, Geography and DT, Year 5 have been learning all about healthy eating as well as where our food comes from. We collected lots of information about where fruit and vegetables are grown as well as...
This half term, Year 4 have been learning all about different materials and states of matter. We first learnt all about solids, liquids and gases and their characteristics, before seeing if we can plan and carry out a fair test experiment that changes a material's...
Year 5 explored reversible and irreversible changes in Science. We added milk to vinegar so that it would separate into the curds and whey. Then, when it had dried, we painted it.
Year 5 explored reversible and irreversible changes. We dissolved salt in hot and cold water and found that we could dissolve more in the hot water. We created a saturated solution and evaporated the water to form salt crystals.
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 4 have continued to learn about sound and how sound travels from a sound source by experimenting with instruments this week. The children used a range of instruments to explore the relationship between vibrations, pitch and type of sound produced. The children...
Year 4's science topic this half term is SOUND. The children this week learnt how sounds travel to your ears, starting as vibrations from a sound source which bump air particles, which in turn bump other air particles. These particles create a ripple of vibrating...
Year 5 studied pollination and the parts of a flower. We made and labelled a 3D model to help us remember how it all works.
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...
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 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...
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 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...
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 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...