Science Curriculum Intent Statement
In the teaching and learning of Science at St Swithun Wells, we aim to provide opportunities for pupils to acquire, practise and develop scientific skills and strategies through a sequence of knowledge and concepts.
Science Curriculum Implementation Statement
The principal focus of science teaching at St Swithun Wells is to ensure that pupils have a scientific view of the world around them.
During the Early Years Foundation Stage, pupils are given opportunities through Understanding the World and to find out more about the world in which they live. Pupils investigate objects and materials using all their senses as appropriate, finding out about and identifying some features of the living things, objects and events that they observe. Outdoor learning environments are also set up to promote this as well as other opportunities to experience real life cycles (eggs to chicks hatching and caterpillars to butterflies)
Across Key Stage One and Two, progression of skills teaching supports the programme of study for Science. At the start of each topic, teachers take time to explore prior learning and match pupils’ interest to what they want to know more about. Scientific enquiry forms the basis of all science teaching and learning. In addition, a whole school themed science week takes place every year with real life experiences and experiments taking place. This includes visiting scientists and working with local Secondary School science teachers. Teachers also adapt and extend their teaching to involve cross -curricular links so that pupils experience science in other contexts.