Dulverton Primary School

Science

Intent, Implementation & Impact

Intent

At Dulverton, we believe that Science is vital because it stimulates children’s curiosity about the living world by helping children understand, question and discuss scientific ideas and issues. Science relies on first hand experiences and on other sources of information. Therefore, at Dulverton, these skills are developed further by using practical and problem-solving activities to engage all children in their Science learning. Children are supported in generating their own scientific questions and using types of scientific enquiry to find and present their answers. Children are also supported with regards to working scientifically in order to further develop their understanding of fundamental concepts. The National Curriculum states that ‘A high-quality Science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.’ At Dulverton, we believe that our high-quality Science education provides opportunities for children to achieve this level of understanding.

 

Implementation 

Here at Dulverton, we follow The National Curriculum by teaching children about the life processes of green plants, humans and other animals. We support children in understanding different materials, their properties, how they can be useful, how they can be separated and how they can be changed. Children also develop an understanding of electricity, forces, light and sound and the Earth and beyond. 

 

We value the importance of highlighting cross-curricular links with the children. Therefore, links are regularly made with English, Mathematics, Computing, P.E. D.T and Art. We also highlight the important role that Science plays with regards to contributing to children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. 

At Dulverton, we develop the necessary scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding by:

  •       encouraging children's enjoyment and interest in Science and an appreciation of its contribution to all aspects of everyday life;
  •       building children’s confidence in independently asking scientific questions;
  •       supporting children in answering their scientific questions using types of scientific enquiry; 
  •       encouraging children to use a variety of scientific vocabulary;
  •       supporting children to evaluate evidence and present their conclusions clearly and accurately;
  •       enhancing their ability to use practical equipment, including computers, correctly in order to make accurate and appropriate measurements;
  •       encouraging children to apply learnt skills across the curriculum. 

 

We encourage children to share their knowledge with each other and the wider school community. This is achieved through ‘Sharing Assemblies’, parents’ evenings and event weeks, such as ‘Science Week’. We also display our work proudly in our books, on Working Walls and displays.

 

Impact

The quality of learning in Science is evaluated through lesson observations, pupil voice and work scruntinies. These inform future areas for improvements and the impact of new initiatives. The Science subject leader provides an action plan for the subject and addresses areas for development and improvement which are then shared with all staff. 

 

We create children who have a knowledgeable overview of the world around them and how it can inspire, motivate and challenge them to think and feel differently.

 

We encourage children to explore the wonderful world which is waiting for them!

 

Science Policy 2022

Please click here to see Science's Progression of Skills 2021-2022

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