Why do we teach Science at Freeland Primary School?
Science teaching at Freeland Primary School aims to provide children with firm roots in understanding the world around them. Our enthusiastic approach to the subject nurtures a life-long passion for science, sows the seeds for natural curiosity whilst adopting vital transferable skills. We promote life-long learning whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically.
Our curriculum is about developing enquiring minds and a scientific approach to problem solving, through predicting, testing and analysing the results of those tests. Children at Freeland understand that their scientific learning journey grows by asking questions, making mistakes and that this is an important part of learning which enables them to make real and valuable connections with the world around them.
How do we teach Science at Freeland Primary School?
At Freeland we follow the Science curriculum, introduced in 2014, which offers greater opportunities to develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding, as well as understanding the uses and implications of science today and for the future.
At Freeland, we have developed and personalised a teaching and learning scheme based around the Kent Scheme of Work. Our curriculum aims to provide opportunities for children to experience learning in all areas of science: chemistry, biology and physics and opportunities to build on their prior knowledge; this promotes enthusiasm for the topics taught whilst embedding procedural knowledge into the long-term memory. All children are encouraged to develop and use a range of scientific skills through every topic and specialist vocabulary is taught and built upon in each year.
Every year at Freeland we aim to provide extra ‘wow’ science opportunities such as visits to scientific environments such as the Oxford University Physics Department and Science Oxford. Whole-school focused science weeks are planned with enthusiasm and allow children to investigate the scientific work by current scientists and those from history. Our after-school science club is always well attended and this provides hands-on experiences promoting awe and wonder and a clear understanding that science is fun.
What is the impact of our teaching?
Our Science Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression in all areas of science. We measure the impact of our curriculum through celebration of learning, tracking of knowledge in post learning quizzes linked to Knowledge Concept Vocabulary organisers shared at the beginning of a topic, and pupil discussions about their learning.