How does Science contribute to our curriculum intent?
As a core subject, science is given the prominence it deserves at Feniscolwes Primary School and following the National Curriculum ensures coverage of knowledge and skills, along with a significant contribution to our overall curriculum intent for our learners. At Feniscowles Primary we aim to give a high-quality science education, which provides the foundations for understanding the world through biology, chemistry and physics.
We want to teach our learners that science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s prosperity today and in the future, and are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.
Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of enthusiasm and curiosity about natural phenomena.
We want to make sure our learners are supported to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. This will support our learners in becoming methodical decision makers as they grow up.
Scientific enquiry skills are seen as the heartbeat of our science curriculum and essential to achieving our intent for ‘A Feniscowles Child’, as defined in our curriculum design document. All learners are encouraged to develop and use a range of skills including observation, planning, recording, investigation and presentation of findings. Additionally, they are encouraged to question the world around them and become independent learners in exploring possible answers for their scientific based questions.
Specialist vocabulary for topics is taught and built on progressively, and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged. Concepts taught are reinforced by application through scientific enquiry often in real life contexts, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions. Specific units of work are delivered that promote enquiry so that pupils become proficient in selecting and using scientific equipment and are enthused about learning science.
Our Science curriculum will provide our learners with a strong framework to enable them to ‘Live Life in its Fullest’ in a VUCA world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) and to make the most of the wonderful opportunities life can offer. Many challenges that face our civilisation can be resolved with a pursuit of innovative, scientific solutions. In a borough rich in engineering and scientific industries, we want to make sure our learners are enthused about science and see this as a valuable and exciting career pathway. As a result we look to foster strong STEM links within our curriculum.
Our Science policy provides you with details on how we implement this intent through our curriculum. We have also provided our progression documents and information so that you can see how Science progresses throughout our school