To be an expert I need to ... think like a scientist, talk like a scientist and act like a scientist.
CURRICULUM INTENT FOR SCIENCE
At Fairfield Community Primary School, it is our aim to instil a love of Science in all our children. We work hard to offer an irresistible and varied curriculum that both interests, intrigues and inspires our children while meeting the needs of all backgrounds, cultures and abilities.
The National Curriculum is the starting point for us and is taught through a project-based approach. Opportunities for cross-curricular links to other subjects are highlighted giving a meaningful context for the learning. Teachers make it explicit to children that they are learning science skills and that they are being ‘Scientists’.
“A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.” DfE National Curriculum 2014
At Fairfield we aim to
- prepare our children for an increasingly scientific and technological world
- develop children’s understanding of the collaborative nature of science and build their social skills to enable them to work cooperatively with others
- foster concern about and actively care for our environment
- provide children with enjoyable experiences of science, so that they will develop a deep and lasting interest and may be motivated to study science further
Through our teaching, we encourage children to ask questions, wonder and discover answers to their own questions. Exploration and research allows them to gain a greater understanding and knowledge of our changing world and their role in it.
From the beginning of EYFS to the end of KS2, our curriculum is based on the acquisition of knowledge, skills and vocabulary with a focus on children knowing more and remembering more. Clear progression within and across year groups, as demonstrated in the progression grid, allows children to revisit, recap and build on prior learning helping them to embed skills and knowledge. This allows our children to have the cultural capital to be successful scientists at high school and beyond as well as developing their potential as citizens of the wider world.