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Science at Buckingham Park Primary School

A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Intent

At Buckingham Park Primary School, we believe that science stimulates and excites children’s curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. It also satisfies their curiosity with knowledge and understanding. Science can engage learners at many levels, because it links direct practical experience with their ideas.

We believe that science will lead to a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us. It provides opportunities to appreciate scientific facts and concepts, and to experience scientific discovery. 

Science at Buckingham Park Primary School is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense in the world in which they live through investigation, as well as using and applying process skills.

Buckingham Park Primary School is extremely fortunate in that it is surrounded by an abundance of outside space, enabling the children to experience an outdoor and highly-practical curriculum. The teaching of science can embrace and incorporate the extensive grassed and woodland areas, along with the pond and numerous allotments onsite. It is our intent to use these facilities throughout the school, ensuring children have a hands-on, visual and practical science curriculum, one in which the children will conjure up many lasting memories.

Implementation

At Buckingham Park Primary School, we have created a well-sequenced and progressive curriculum in science, containing the key concepts children need to be procedurally fluent in to work and think like professional scientists, while embracing the school’s surroundings.

Science pedagogy is based on the development of these key scientific concepts:

  • Conceptual understanding
  • Processes
  • Skills of enquiry
  • Scientific attitudes

Staff use a range of resources when planning the science curriculum, e.g. Kent Primary Science, STEM Learning and Cornerstones Maestro - these are used and adapted alongside the programmes of study in the National Curriculum.

Impact

The impact of our science curriculum is to ensure pupils not only acquire the appropriate age related knowledge linked to the science curriculum, but to go further to nurture scientific curiosity. Our curriculum also provides the skills that equip pupils to progress from their starting points and apply to their everyday lives.

All pupils will have:

  • a wider variety of skills linked to both scientific knowledge and understanding, and scientific enquiry/investigative skills
  • a richer vocabulary which will enable them to articulate their understanding of taught concepts
  • a curiosity about the world they live in
  • an understanding of how science impacts their lives now and in the future
  • high aspirations, which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life
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