At Enfield Academy, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. As one of the core subjects taught in Primary Schools, we give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires.
The Scientific area of learning is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, and with developing skills associated with Science as a process of enquiry. It will develop the natural curiosity of the child, encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence.
At Enfield Academy, in conjunction with the aims of the National Curriculum, our Science teaching offers opportunities for children to:
- 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
- be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future
- develop the essential scientific enquiry skills to deepen their scientific knowledge
- use a range of methods to communicate their scientific information and present it in a systematic, scientific manner, including I.C.T., diagrams, graphs and charts
- develop a respect for the materials and equipment they handle with regard to their own, and other children’s safety
- develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific learning and discovery
The National Curriculum provides a structure and skill development for the science curriculum being taught throughout the school, which is now linked, where possible to the theme topics to provide a creative scheme of work, which reflects a balanced programme of study.
At Enfield Academy, children have weekly lessons in Science throughout Key Stage 1 and 2, using various programmes of study and resources. In Early years, science is taught through the children learning about the world around them and through continuous provision. Additional opportunities are provided in Science through a STEM WOW week, which focuses specifically on the development of children’s experimental and investigative skills. This is also timed to link with British Science week. Weekly assemblies also focus on knowledge and understanding of the World.
We endeavour to ensure that the Science curriculum we provide will give children the confidence and motivation to continue to further develop their skills into the next stage of their education and life experiences.
Teachers create a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in science. Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of science involves the following;
- Science will be taught in planned topic blocks. This is a strategy to enable the achievement of a greater depth of knowledge.
- Through our planning, we involve problem solving and investigative opportunities that allow children to make discoveries for themselves. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and are given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers. This curiosity is celebrated within the classroom. Planning involves teachers creating engaging lessons, often involving high-quality resources to aid understanding of conceptual knowledge. Teachers use precise questioning in class to test conceptual knowledge and skills, and assess children regularly to identify those children with gaps in learning, so that all children keep up.
- In KS1, Science will be taught for 1 hour per week and in KS2 it will be taught for 2 hours per week. This will be taught discretely so as to ensure that a full and in-depth coverage is met. Where cross–curricular links are available through the teaching of cornerstones topic, these should also be met so that scientific opportunities and understanding can be developed.
- Due to the split year groups, a long-term plan has been developed to ensure that coverage is met. A grid has been developed to track children’s curriculum coverage and to identify any gaps that may have occurred. Through the use of this grid, we have been able to devise a LTP which ensures that all children passing through Enfield will had full coverage of the Science national curriculum.
- At least once per term, it has been agreed that each year group will teach a discrete science experiment to increase the understanding of SC1. Children will predict, conduct and evaluate their experiments.
- Working Scientifically skills are embedded into lessons to ensure these skills are being developed throughout the children’s school career and new vocabulary and challenging concepts are introduced through direct teaching. This is developed through the years, in-keeping with the topics.
- Teachers demonstrate how to use scientific equipment, and the various Working Scientifically skills in order to embed scientific understanding. Teachers find opportunities to develop children’s understanding of their surroundings by accessing outdoor learning and workshops with experts.
The successful approach to the teaching of Science at Enfield Academy results in a fun, engaging, high-quality science education, that provides children with the foundations for understanding the world. Our engagement with the local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first hand experiences of the world around them. So much of science lends itself to outdoor learning and so we provide children with opportunities to experience this. Through various workshops, trips and interactions with experts and local charities, children have the understanding that science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Children learn the possibilities for careers in science as a result of our community links and connection with national agencies such as the STEM association. Pupil voice is used to further develop the Science curriculum, through questioning of pupil’s views and attitudes to Science to support the children’s enjoyment of science and to motivate learners.