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Science at Christ the King

                                          Science Curriculum Statement

 

Intent

Our aim at Christ the King is to build a lifelong love of Science, develop a strong understanding of the world and nurture a sense of excitement and curiosity of natural phenomena.

Science in our school is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to enable them to think scientifically. During science lessons, children gain an understanding of scientific processes and also understand the use and implications of science, today and for the future. 

At Christ the King, scientific enquiry is at the heart of our teaching with investigations and experiments embedded in each topic. Topics immerse children in scientific vocabulary and provide a broad and balanced curriculum. Topics are revisited and developed throughout their time at school, which allows children to build upon their prior knowledge and increases their enthusiasm. 

With an increased focus on scientific enquiry, children are encouraged to become independent learners whilst developing a range of skills such as observing, planning and carrying out investigations. As well as this, children are encouraged to use a variety of approaches to ask and answer relevant questions, provide rational explanations, predict how things will/ have behaved and analyse causes.

 

Implementation

At Christ the King, Science is taught in planned and arranged topic blocks, to have a project-based approach. This strategy enables teachers and pupils alike to fully immerse themselves into topics being covered and the achievement of a greater depth of knowledge.

Teachers create a positive attitude to learning and reinforce the expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in science by creating a cycle of lessons which carefully plans for progression and depth and takes into account key learning objectives from the subject knowledge element of the curriculum and working scientifically where appropriate. Assessment tasks are used in order to give pupils the opportunity to apply their learning in different contexts - these can be implemented as an end of unit quiz or used as challenge questions throughout the week.

At Christ the King, extra-curricular activities such as visits, trips and visitors are planned to complement and broaden the curriculum. These are purposeful and link with the knowledge being taught in class.

 

Impact

Pupils at Christ the King have developed a love of science and are confident, motivated learners. Our approach, results in a fun, engaging science education that provides children with not only the appropriate age related knowledge linked to the science curriculum, but also creates independent scientists, who are equipped with skills and knowledge to enable them to access the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.

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