Stratford Manor’s science curriculum develops children’s knowledge and teaches methods, processes and vocabulary to understand and question the world around them. Through investigations and research, they develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about the natural world. They learn that science explains what is occurring, predicts how things will behave and analyses causes.
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Science at Stratford Manor develops children’s natural curiosity and gives them the skills and knowledge needed to investigate the world around them.
Stratford Manor’s Science curriculum develops children’s knowledge and understanding of the world and teaches methods, processes and vocabulary to understand and question the world around them. Through investigations and research, they develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about the natural world. They learn that Science explains what is occurring, predicts how things will behave and analyses causes. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils will be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.
Our science curriculum is based on the PLAN assessment approach (developed by the Primary Science Education Consultancy – one of the most successful specialist primary STEM education consultancies in England). We use this to support the development of our planning to meet the needs of the children. Each unit contains information about the prior learning that should have taken place and future learning which will take place. It also details the National Curriculum objectives, key vocabulary, knowledge and scientific skills to teach within the current science unit. Also included are common misconceptions which the teacher should address within their science lessons. Our science topics are sequenced in a way to ensure that there is clear and coherent progression within each year group. Whilst keeping the scientific knowledge and skills at heart of our lessons, our lessons can also make cross curricular links.
Varied questioning techniques are used to ensure that all children are challenged in every lesson, developing their mastery of science. Teachers and support staff use open and closed questions, targeted questioning and a variety of feedback opportunities. Children also question each other and build on one another’s contributions. Our enquiries start with a question.
Our Science curriculum will give the children opportunities to:
- investigate, through hands on experience
- challenges preconceptions and encourage children to test what they know
- engage in high quality conversations about what they have observed
- access learning that is relevant to their everyday lives
- engage in analytical thinking and learn new skills
- Develop scientific knowledge
- Be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand science today and for the future
- Use a range of methods to record their scientific information with links to Maths and Computing