Intent, Implementation, Impact
Children at Ethelbert Road are encouraged to explore their curiosities and theories relating to Science. We ensure that children are excited and intrigued by the topics, through varied and exciting activities and investigations. We try to incorporate Science across the curriculum, linking themes from other topics or organised days, events and trips to the subject. Our curriculum aims to broaden the children's scientific view of, and respect for the world around them, whilst promoting a love for enquiry and a desire for exploring new things.
During our annual Science Weeks, the children have the opportunity to observe, investigate, explore, ask questions and understand more about the world around them.
We are always eager to work with professionals within the STEM industries to promote a positive attitude towards the exciting and fascinating world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. With this in mind, we have a well-established STEM Go Kart Club where children design, build and race their Go Kart.
We aim to give children the freedom to explore their ideas and make mistakes which can then be reflected on. Much of our learning in Science is delivered through first-hand practical experiences, but there should also be some use of secondary sources, such as books, photographs and videos.
Here at Ethelbert Road, we believe that Science should allow children to:
- Experience and observe both the natural and humanly-constructed world around them.
- Be curious and ask questions.
- Have a growing confidence when working scientifically.
- Explore, test and develop their understanding of scientific ideas.
- Use appropriate scientific language to communicate ideas and findings.
- Have knowledge of and exposure to the 5 types of enquiry:
- Learning is planned from a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum where teaching and learning shows progression within the strands of Science.
- Children have access to key vocabulary and meanings in order to understand and communicate their skills and understanding.
- Children will use a range of resources to develop their knowledge and understanding within Science, as well as their skills whilst working scientifically.
- Practical investigative opportunities within Science lessons are planned for.
- Children will reflect on previous learning and teachers will assess what the pupils know before delivering new content.
- Children will be able to build on prior knowledge and link ideas together, enabling them to question and become enquiry-based learners.
- Children's skills and knowledge will be assessed regularly to inform next steps in teaching and learning.
- Where applicable, cross-curricular links will be made to develop the children’s topical learning.
- Most children will achieve age related expectations in Science at the end of their cohort year.
- Children will retain knowledge that is pertinent to Science .
- Children will be able to question ideas and reflect on knowledge.
- Children will work collaboratively and practically to investigate and experiment.
- Children will be able to explain the process they have taken and be able to reason scientifically.
In 2019, 97% of pupils achieved the key stage 2 Science expected standard, significantly above national and in the highest 20% of all schools.