At Harry Gosling we aim to develop children’s scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the key areas of biology, chemistry and physics, as well as have a developed understanding of nature, different processes and methods of science through different enquiry types. These include: fair and comparative testing, sorting and classification, observing over time, pattern seeking and researching (through investigations or secondary sources). We strive to create scientists that are equipped with the scientific knowledge that is required to understand how the world works at present and in the future. We encourage children to take responsibility to express their thinking and understanding using scientific language.
How Science is taught:
Science is taught across the school by our class teachers. In both KS1 and KS2, we sequence the science learning in different ways so that it fits into the overall theme for that term. Because of the way our curriculum is designed, most units are sequenced and blocked within a term alongside other learning. Our sequencing of unit provides opportunities for pupils to access prior learned knowledge. We aim for our curriculum to develop both the knowledge of science as well as the practices so our children learn how to work like scientists. When developing our curriculum, we have worked hard to ensure that our children learn about scientific facts as well as the skills. Our lessons are as practical as possible so that children have many opportunities to work scientifically and revise these practices. It is important our children are given opportunities to make links and be immersed into topics fully. Where there are connections between topics or subjects, we treat these as further opportunities for children to recall their prior knowledge and deepen their understanding. Our teachers model the use of scientific language so children are confident in articulating scientific concepts clearly. We encourage our children to learn and ‘work’ in different ways – just like real scientist would – through reading, writing, talking and investigative science. We aspire for our children to leave Harry Gosling having built up both knowledge and skills to enable them to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring around them, predict how things may behave and analyse causes.