The aim of our Science Curriculum is to:
The National Curriculum for Science at Key Stage 2 enables pupils to:
- Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
- Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
- Assimilate the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
Alongside these stated aims, Reigate Priory believes that Science education should enable children to:
- Retain and develop their natural sense of curiosity about the world around them.
- Begin to build up a body of scientific knowledge and understanding which will serve as a foundation for future enquiry.
- Explore, discuss and fairly test to develop their own ideas and answer questions.
- Enhance their questioning about observations they have made and choose the most suitable line of enquiry.
- Boaden their scientific vocabulary and become effective communicators of scientific ideas, facts and data.
- Use results from investigations to make predictions which can further learning about fair testing.
- Understand the Science requires evidence that can support or refute idea or arguments.
Subject Leader - Mr N. Blake
Teaching and Learning in Science:
At Reigate Priory, we have adapted the National Curriculum requirements into a personalised scheme of work for our school and context. Science teaching can be integrated into a topic or taught discretely. We believe Science should form a major part of the curriculum developing a sense of excitement and curiosity about the world in which we live.
Working scientifically skills are at the heart of the teaching, which encourages children to explore areas of biology, physics and chemistry, imaginatively and purposefully. Real and relevant practical activities are an integral and regular part of the science curriculum at Reigate Priory. Children are encouraged to ask questions about phenomena around them and to suggest ways to find the answers to them.
A child’s social development is enriched through the promotion of independence and collaboration skills during practical activities, understanding the advantages of working with others and considering how to keep themselves and others safe. Mathematical and literacy skills are strengthened through the measuring, recording and presenting of enquiry work. Children are supported in thinking critically and analytically towards scientific findings and results, using these to ask further questions to investigate.
The knowledge and understanding units enable children to explore the natural world, including in-depth awareness of plants, animals and humans, and foster concern about and understand ways to care for our environment. Materials are investigated, classified and grouped based on their properties and uses. The relationships between states of matter, including reversible and irreversible changes, form the basis of many hands-on experiments. Children lead the exploration of abstractphysical phenomena, asking questions about what they observe and using the information to test further theories.
Regular and timely feedback is provided to children, which identifies areas of strength, areas for development and guidance on how to progress further. As well as this, children use self and peer assessment to identify their own and others areas of strength and development within a lesson. Teachers use this feedback to assess the children’s metacognition and provide verbal feedback on the learning objective being taught.
Contribution to SMSC and British Values:
- Enabling a better understanding of meaning and purpose in natural and physical phenomena.
- Promoting an interest in all living things: from the smallest micro-organism to the largest mammals and plants.
- Creating a curiosity about materials, forces, space and the beauty in natural objects.
- Encouraging an open-minded approach to others’ ideas, and an ability to draw conclusions based on evidence rather than personal views.
- Considering the environment, the use of natural resources, and the effect on the future of the planet and its inhabitants.
- Discussions and practical activities in groups which encourages team work and taking roles of responsibility.
- Making links with discoveries in the past and work being carried out for our future.
- Exploring discoveries and contributions made by men and women across the world in all countries and cultures.
At the end of the Key Stage a Reigate Priory Science Learner can:
- Plan different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions as well as recognise and control variables.
- Record data and results in an increasingly complex format using a range of scientific diagrams and graphs.
- Use results from tests to make predictions and further investigations and fair testing.
- Report and present their findings from enquiries including conclusions.
- Present work in oral and written form such as a display or presentation.
- Enthuse about the wonders of science and scientific facts.
- Show an ever increasing curiosity towards scientific concepts.