Our Science curriculum is structured so that there is opportunity for repetition and consolidation of key concepts. We follow a two year rolling programme with planned progression meaning children are increasingly challenged as they move through the school. We use low stakes testing at the beginning and end of a topic to aid children’s recall and learning and to demonstrate progress and understanding. Although Science is taught in discrete subjects, teachers will often make links with other subjects. At SBS, we ensure that Science provides a grounding for our termly class theme and/or links to our class texts so that children are able to see a real purpose to their learning and can make connections in their knowledge.
Through our planning, we involve problem solving opportunities that allow children to find out for themselves. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers. This curiosity is celebrated within the classroom.
Teachers find opportunities to develop children’s understanding of their surroundings by accessing outdoor learning and workshops with experts.
Children are exposed to a wide range of extra-curricular activities, visits, trips and visitors to complement and broaden the curriculum. These link with the discussions, ideas and knowledge being taught in the class and embed purpose into our curriculum further.