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Our Intent

Our science education at Buckingham Park 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.  All pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. Through specific teaching pupils gain an understanding of how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Science in our school is about developing pupils’ ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation. The staff at Buckingham Park Primary ensure that all pupils are exposed to high quality teaching and enriching experiences, which allow pupils to explore their outdoor environment and locality. Our intent is to provide a rich and wide-ranging scientific vocabulary, aiding pupils’ knowledge and understanding not only of the topic they are studying, but of the world around them. We strive to provide all pupils regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability, with a broad and balanced science curriculum.

Implementation of the Curriculum

To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in science, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Planning for science is a process in which all teachers are involved to ensure that the school provides full coverage of, ‘The National Curriculum programmes of study for Science 2014’ and, ‘Understanding of the World’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Science teaching at Buckingham Park Primary School involves adapting and extending the curriculum to match all pupils’ needs. Where possible, science is linked to year group topics. Science is taught as discrete units and lessons where needed to ensure coverage. We ensure that all pupils are provided with rich learning experiences that aim to:

  • Prepare our pupils for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world today and in the future
  • Help our pupils acquire a growing understanding of the nature, processes and methods of scientific ideas
  • Build on our pupils’ natural curiosity and developing a scientific approach to problems
  • Help develop and extend our pupils’ scientific concept of their world
  • Encourage open-mindedness, self-assessment, perseverance
  • Developing the skills of investigation – including: observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating
  • Develop the use of scientific language, recording and techniques
  • Make links between science and other subjects.

Science has dedicated time to ensure full coverage and a deep understanding according to pupils’ needs each half-term. To ensure meaningful learning experiences, some science concepts are taught through other subjects. Examples of this include: in English writing a biography about a famous scientist; through Forest School classifying plants; or in art closely observing skulls producing detailed sketches.

At Buckingham Primary we have developed an assessment task designed for the pupils to demonstrate what they have learnt during each scientific topic. The task, which has specific scientific vocabulary for that topic, is completed at the beginning of each topic for the pupils to detail their previous knowledge of the topic and to raise questions. The task is returned to by pupils at the end of the topic, where they detail what they have learnt during the topic and answer the questions that they have raised. These tasks also enable the pupils to articulate scientific concepts clearly and precisely, assisting them in making their thinking clear, both to themselves and others.

Impact of our Curriculum

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 which 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 to articulate their understanding of taught concepts
  • A curiosity about the world they live in
  • An understanding 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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