At Bathford Church School, our vision is to give children a science curriculum which enables them to confidently explore, discover and care about the world around them, so that they have a deeper understanding of the world we live in and are developing a sense of awe and wonder about our universe.
We realise that young children are naturally curious and passionate about learning; we provide a stimulating science curriculum that nurtures children’s natural curiosity and their on-going intellectual growth. Through a hands-on, enquiry-based curriculum, children will experience the joy of having wonderful ideas, exploration and investigation and experience the joy of finding out. Our aim is that these stimulating and challenging experiences help children secure and extend their scientific knowledge, understanding and vocabulary.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in science, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school.
Planning for science is a process in which all teachers are involved to ensure that the school gives full coverage of, ‘The National Curriculum programmes of study for Science 2014’ and, ‘Understanding of the World’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Science teaching at Bathford Church School involves adapting and extending the curriculum to match all pupils’ needs. Science is linked to class topics, where possible, although it is also taught as discrete units and lessons, where needed, to ensure coverage.
Science units are taught on a year rolling programme. This ensures progression between year groups and guarantees topics are covered. Teachers plan to suit their children’s interests, current events, their own teaching style, the use of any support staff and resources available.
We ensure that all children are provided with rich learning experiences that aim to:
- Prepare them for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world today and in the future.
- Help them acquire a growing understanding of the nature, processes and methods of scientific ideas and how these are and can be used to serve the greater good.
- Develop and extend scientific concepts of their world.
- Build on natural curiosity and developing a scientific approach to problems.
- Encourage open-mindedness, self-assessment, perseverance and developing the skills of investigation: observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating.
- Develop the use of scientific language, recording and techniques.
- Encourage collaborative group work and sharing of ideas.
- Develop the use of computing in investigating and recording.
- Make links between science and other subjects.
Science is taught consistently, once a week for up to two hours, but may be discretely taught in different contexts throughout all areas of the curriculum, such as investigating how yeast grows as part of a Design & Technology project on bread making.
All children will have a wider range of skills linked to scientific knowledge and understanding and scientific enquiry/investigative skills. They will have an understanding of how ideas and developments in science impact our everyday lives and they will have developed a richer vocabulary which will enable them to articulate and their understanding of scientific concepts.
We believe that these opportunities will ensure that our children are confident, life-long learners who will explore and care passionately about the world around them.