At Stretton Handley CE Primary School, our Science curriculum is knowledge rich and embedded with scientific vocabulary to ensure that the substantive knowledge and key skills – disciplinary knowledge – are taught in meaningful contexts. This is achieved through first-hand experiences and purposeful practical work that develop the children’s skills and knowledge. The scientific
strands are interwoven within our STEM approach so that our children’s scientific knowledge is built upon each year. This enables the children to build their curiosity and understand the impact of science on the wider world. Children will learn this through a scientific framework, developing knowledge and experiences that foster their natural curiosity, which will allow them
to comprehend their scientific legacy and how this impacts their future.
Science is important because;
- it is a knowledge that helps understand the world around us.
- Promote concern about, and promote active care of the environment
- The skills and knowledge developed have a real world application to everyday life.
- Science is a core subject in the National Curriculum. The skills and knowledge are set out in the National Curriculum for each year group.
At Stretton Handley CE (VC) Primary School, within Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, children have weekly science lessons over one afternoon, allowing them the required time to develop their scientific skills and build upon their prior knowledge. Within the Early Years Foundation Stage, science is taught through ‘Understanding the World’, allowing all pupils to start gaining scientific experiences from the beginning of their school journey. This allows children to consistently experience high quality science lessons, which advances their expertise and understanding of science.
Across Years 1-6, Science is taught in units, in line with the National Curriculum. Where relevant, cross curricular links are made with other subjects and Forest School. We also endeavour to use the outdoor space to enhance and enrich our science learning as much as possible.
The impact and measure of this is to ensure children not only acquire the appropriate age related knowledge linked to the science curriculum, but also skills which equip them to progress from their starting points, and within their everyday lives.
The approach at Stretton Handley CE (VC) Primary School results in a fun, engaging, high-quality science education, that provides children with the foundations for understanding the world. Our engagement with the local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first- hand experiences and promotes a respect for the environment.