SCIENCE AT ROBIN HOOD
At Robin Hood Primary School, our curriculum provides a high-quality science education. Through developing the children’s science knowledge and skills, they will be able to access the potential opportunities available to young people in our society and the world.
Our snap science scheme of work is progressive and provides children with the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills. Our curriculum provides children with the opportunity to revisit key science topics so they can make links and build on prior knowledge moving forward.
At Robin Hood Primary School, we provide many opportunities for practical, hands-on learning with the use of the school and local environment as well as the wider scientific community.
THE INTENT OF OUR SCIENCE CURRICULUM
Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be encouraged to be interested and inquisitive; to ask questions and develop their science capital.
Following our successful PSQM accreditation and in order to ensure breadth and depth of NC coverage we use the Snap Science programme as the basis for planning and delivering science across our school. The framework is made up of several modules built on a clear progression of conceptual knowledge in science from FS to Y6. It structures the content within key ideas, from year to year and within each year group and module, and to identify conceptual gaps in the National Curriculum. This ensures that children systematically develop their knowledge and understanding of big ideas scientific skills.
This year snap science have provided long term overviews for each year group with which clearly recommended the best modules to ensure NC coverage, the order in which they should be delivered and for each term ‘our changing world’ lessons to allow revisit and consolidation of key skills and knowledge.
We understand that children’s skills in science need to be nurtured and developed over time. We plan our curriculum to ensure children area able to revisit prior learning and clearly understand what they are learning and which skills they will need. At the start of each unit there are clear statements of what children will know by the end and which skills they will have developed.
We have high ambitions for all pupils and as we understand that children learn at different rates and in different ways, we plan our science with lots of practical activities and opportunities to collaborate. Sessions are planned to ensure that all children in a class can access and master the intended knowledge and skills with each lesson offering three levels of differentiated task. Many Snap Science lessons are practical lessons. The guidance clearly states the resources required and we aim to use these to make learning practical, hands on and fun.
HOW OUR SCIENCE CURRICULUM IS IMPLEMENTED
Robin Hood Primary School has been awarded the PSQM qualification. We aim to work closely with other school in our cluster to share resources and plan a cohesive curriculum, which will ensure children develop and secure consistent scientific skills by the end of year 6. Snap Science modules are designed to ensure that key ideas and the vocabulary to express them are revisited over the course of a series of lessons and are built on as topics progress between years and Key Stages. We value our staff and know they all have a part to play in the development and implementation of this curriculum. Staff are asked for their views and opinions about teaching science and encouraged to take ownership of their lessons. The subject leader visits classroom and talks to staff and children about their science learning.
Working scientifically features within lessons and children are encouraged to explain their ideas and develop their thinking. We have our own science characters who support the children with this.
Each unit begins with key vocabulary and knowledge harvest and covers commonly held misconceptions, which supports children to reflect and then go back and edit their ideas as they go through their learning. Science is planned collaboratively and teachers always try to include cross curricula links, opportunities for collaboration, practical science and opportunities for peer and self-assessment.
Effective formative assessment is built into each lesson and teachers are aware of children’s developing knowledge and understanding, and their use of skills. They are supported to identify any gaps in learning and provide appropriate feedback to consolidate and build on key knowledge and vocabulary. In the ‘Reflect and Review’ part of the lesson children summarise what they have learnt and use the success criteria to assess how well they have done and their next steps. As well as formative assessment evidence from lessons, Snap Science shots, a set of assessment activities designed to check up on children’s understanding of the concepts taught in a module, are provided for teachers and we are looking at how we can begin to use these in school.
Data is uploaded onto SIMS (Year 1-6) and the Knowledge and Understanding Early Learning Goal tracker (in EYFS). Each year we have a science week which creates new and memorable learning opportunities which involve our local and the wider scientific community. Each class has ‘Science ambassadors’ who represent pupil voice and are responsible for liaising between children, teachers and the science leader. We have a dedicated science governor who fully supports our children’s learning and is a key contributor to our science weeks. The PTA are fully supportive of science learning and this year have funded two whole school events; a Planetarium and a Forensic Science day which allows all children to experience one of these big events.
THE IMPACT OF OUR SCIENCE CURRICULUM
Children are much more positive about science. They understand the different types of working scientifically and can use the superhero characters to help them. They know what they can do and what they need to do next. Children work collaboratively developing their skills of communication, empathy and reflection. Assessment takes place throughout topics and is in a variety of forms. Children are given opportunity to add to their knowledge each lesson. Practical science happens in many lessons.
Teachers feel more confident delivering science and have embraced Snap science and practical learning. The subject leaders visit classrooms and look at learning. We work collaboratively to improve science in our school. Children’s voice is represented as we have science ambassadors in each year group.
Information about science is shared effectively with SLT and we have a dedicated science governor.
SCIENCE CULTURAL CAPITAL
Our flexible science curriculum provides children with the opportunity to build on what they already know about the world. We believe in exposing children to new opportunities and people, which they were previously unaware of to help inspire them and help build on their cultural capital. We place a strong emphasis on experiences to build cultural capital, beginning in early years though to year 6. Every year, we hold a science week where science specialists inspire our children through workshops and talks. We feel that these opportunities help our pupils become more responsible, more informed and better-rounded members of society.