Curriculum – Science
Science is a core subject in the National Curriculum. Our school uses the objectives from The National Curriculum as a basis for planning Science alongside the Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum, which exceeds new national curriculum expectations. Planning is progressive and skills & learning is revisited from Years 1 to 6 to ensure children have deeper understanding of concept. Knowledge, skills and understanding are progressively built upon through each of the areas of experience working Scientifically, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Within each area this has been provided through gradually extending the breadth of content, increasing the depth of knowledge and understanding and focusing on opportunities to work in an increasingly independent way in order to improve thinking and working scientifically.
Teaching and Learning
Science is a core subject, and as such it is taught on a weekly basis across all year groups. Long term plans ensure that that children experience key skills in the 4 main areas of Science across all Year Groups. Science teaching within our school maximises the use of a ‘creative, cross-curricular’ approach, and all Science units are linked to each phase’s termly topics, clearly shown on Medium Term plans. This provides a comprehensive guide on scientific key areas and the corresponding progression of skills that need to be taught. We aim to plan for strong cross-curricular links in order to maximise scientific learning opportunities, while ensuring that lessons are meaningful and purposeful for the children. Long and medium term plans are available for Parents to view on the school website, and addition to this, Curriculum Newsletters are also sent home termly. The planning process involved in developing this scheme of work, has ensured a progression and continuity of learning experiences from Year 1 to Year 6. Cross-phase Science days also take place once a term in order to create more independent and open ended learning opportunities for the pupils, with an emphasis on working with different peer groups.
Extra-Curricular Science Opportunities.
Children are offered a range of extra-curricular Science opportunities at Trimley St Mary.
- Volunteering for the gardening club, run after school by skilled teaching assistants.
- Taking part in a variety of sports clubs to promote the importance of keeping fit, healthy living etc.