At Woodland Primary school our science teaching aims to give all children the opportunity to develop enquiring minds, to ask questions about the world around them and make links between areas of learning.
We want the children at Woodland Primary to understand that science is not just a stand alone subject and as such it forms part of our creative curriculum. They will gain an understanding of the implications of science in the workplace, today and in the future.
Children will be encouraged to think scientifically through repeated opportunities to plan, question, investigate and form conclusions.
Our science curriculum is planned on a two yearly programme to ensure coverage within our mixed age classes . Key stage two are split into Years 3/4 and Years 5/6 for science lessons. We also embrace whole school science topics such as space week and we we enjoy celebrating science with parents on whole school curriculum days.
Science does not just happen in the classroom, activities and investigations take place outside in the environment, on visits and with visitors. Weekly science lunchtimes encourage the whole school to discuss the topic of the day whether it be an odd one out question or a zoomed in image to identify. Whilst they eat they have the opportunity to have a discussion and come up with an answer based on their scientific understanding. Science homework for the whole school is also delivered every term, encouraging parents to take part in science and see that it is part of everyday life.
We use a progression of skills throughout school where the children can self evaluate the skills they have used in science. Teachers monitor progress and understanding through regular assessment.
Our children will leave Woodland Primary with an understanding that science has a place in many occupations and that anyone can do it regardless of gender. They will have a core of scientific vocabulary and be able to independently plan, and carry out an investigation to prove their thinking.