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Science

Science At Fox Hill

Intent

At Fox Hill Primary School:

  • All staff use careful planning, sequencing and teaching of the Science curriculum to encourage a child’s natural curiosity for the world around them.
  • We encourage children to be curious, asking questions and develop the confidence and self-belief required to answer these questions through an enquiry based approach.
  • Where possible, Science lessons are linked to our existing topics throughout the year in addition to enrichment opportunities provided to enhance learning that takes place.
  • By the end of each Key Stage, we expect children to have met the objectives set out in the National Curriculum. A progression of scientific knowledge and skills is taught throughout a child’s time at Fox Hill, preparing them for the next step in their education.

 

Implementation 

What might you typically see?

  • All children will develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through a balance of practical activities and knowledge-based lessons. The concepts required will be taught in small steps as detailed in progression maps.
  • All children will develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science through the five different types of enquiries (research using secondary sources; observation over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; and comparative and fair testing) that help them answer scientific questions about the world around them.
  • Teachers plan and deliver lessons to ensure that children are equipped with scientific knowledge and skills required to understand the uses and implication of Science today and for the future.
  • Enrichment opportunities (whole school Science Week, educational visits, participation in national competitions and also visitors) help to develop children’s Science capital and aim to offer aspirational experiences.

 

Impact

  • All ideas are valued and children are encouraged to use skills such as predicting and reasoning to help deepen their scientific understanding.
  • Children have confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills.
  • Scientific vocabulary is confidently used by all.
  • Children can make links to topics and real-life encounters with hands-on experiments, including taking informed risks.
  • We aspire for all children to achieve well, produce good quality work (including verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings) and be ready for the next stage in their education.

 

 

Science Pathway

Science Programme of Study and Progression in Skills

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