Why Do We Teach Science?
An enriched science education gives children the foundations for understanding the world around them through biology, chemistry and physics. Science is continuously changing our lives and is vital for the world's future success. Children will gain an understanding of scientific methods and applying scientific principles to everyday life as well as acquiring the knowledge of different topics. As children progress through school, their scientific skills of predicting, explaining and analysing results will develop. Children will also complete a range of practical experiments which will develop their curiosity and allow them to think about how science affects our day-to-day lives.
Our Vision for Science at Woods Bank
At Woods Bank Academy, we aim to enhance our children’s aspirations for the future. This is why we have taken a new approach to our science curriculum to ensure that investigating and experimenting is at the core of our science lessons. Through pupil voice, it was noticed that this was the element of science that children found exciting and interesting which is why it is key to hook the children into science lessons through this approach so that they can see themselves as scientists. We now focus on a key working scientific skill per topic so that children can really embed the working scientifically elements of the curriculum.
Currently, science is timetabled for 1 hour and 20 minutes during the week. Science has been kept as a discrete subject. This is so we can ensure science is taught on a weekly basis, as it is a core subject, and that the whole of the curriculum objectives are covered giving regular time for children to work scientifically. The science resources have been replenished so that a wide range are available for teaching staff to deliver lessons focused on scientific experiments.
National Curriculum Aims
The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- 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
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
What We Cover
Below is the yearly overview for the topics being taught in science across the school.
Early Years Science
In the early years, children will learn about their environment around them. The will be given opportunities to explore the natural environment, everyday objects and their surroundings. They will be able to explore indoor and outdoor surroundings and be given opportunities to to observe and record their findings through drawing, writing and photographs. The topics they follow will mirror those of year 1 to give a starting point for our children.
Below is the science policy that is followed at Woods Bank Academy.