Hello and welcome to the West Boldon Science curriculum page. Science is a hugely important and interesting core subject in our school. We try to enrich pupils learning by working scientifically and teaching them ‘sticky’ knowledge that will enable them to have a deeper understanding of the world we live in.
Science teaching and learning is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, and with developing skills associated with Science as a process of enquiry. Our new Dimensions Learning Means the World curriculum will develop the natural curiosity of the child, encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence.
At West Boldon Primary School, in conjunction with the aims of the National Curriculum, our Science teaching offers opportunities for children to:
- Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics;
- Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them;
- Be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.
- Develop the essential scientific enquiry skills to deepen their scientific knowledge.
- Use a range of methods to communicate their scientific information and present it in a systematic, scientific manner, including ICT, diagrams, graphs and charts.
- Develop a respect for the materials and equipment they handle with regard to their own, and other children’s safety.
- Develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific learning and discovery.
The Dimensions curriculum will provide a structure and skill development for the science curriculum, whilst following the National Curriculum.
At West Boldon Primary School, children learn science in discrete lessons throughout a Dimensions theme. In Early Years, science is taught through the children learning about the world around them in their learning through play (Understanding the World).
We endeavour to ensure that the Science curriculum we provide will give children the confidence and motivation to continue to further develop their skills into the next stage of their education and life experiences.
Teachers create a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in science. Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of science involves the following;
- Science will be taught interwoven into the Dimensions curriculum. This is a strategy to enable the achievement of a greater depth of knowledge.
- Through our planning, we involve problem solving opportunities that allow children to find out for themselves. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers. This curiosity is celebrated within the classroom. Planning involves teachers creating engaging lessons, often involving high-quality resources to aid understanding of conceptual knowledge. Teachers use precise questioning in class to test conceptual knowledge and skills, and assess children regularly to identify those children with gaps in learning, so that all children keep up.
- We build upon the learning and skill development of the previous years. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases, and they become more proficient in selecting, using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results, they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence.
- Working Scientifically skills are embedded into lessons to ensure these skills are being developed throughout the children’s school career and new vocabulary and challenging concepts are introduced through direct teaching. This is developed through the years, in-keeping with the topics.
- Teachers demonstrate how to use scientific equipment, and the various Working Scientifically skills in order to embed scientific understanding. Teachers find opportunities to develop children’s understanding of their surroundings by accessing outdoor learning and workshops with experts.
- Knowledge mats for Dimensions themes are used to embed information and key facts about the science. They also offer wider curriculum links and embed key scientific vocabulary.
- Further opportunities for science are weaved into everyday learning.
- West Boldon celebrate science by partaking in British Science Week every spring. This is where the whole school undertake different science enquiries about the same topic.
The successful approach at West Boldon results in a fun, engaging, high-quality science education, that provides children with the foundations for understanding the world. Our engagement with the local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first hand experiences of the world around them. Our school has rich and diverse grounds including an allotment, huge varieties of trees, a willow garden, large open fields and expanses of shrubbery and plants. So much of science lends itself to outdoor learning and so we provide children with opportunities to experience this. Through various workshops, trips and interactions with experts and local charities and businesses, children have the understanding that science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Children learn the possibilities for careers in science as a result of our community links and connection with national agencies such as the STEM ambassadors. The roles of Subject Ambassadors are used to further develop the Science curriculum, through questioning of pupil’s views and attitudes to Science to support the children’s enjoyment of science and to motivate learners.
Adaptations due to COVID-19
The Science Lead has liaised with staff about the loss of skills and learning due to time not in school. Staff have progression documents for science knowledge and working scientifically and when they are teaching particular topics they are away of potential missing links in the progression of learning. Most science topics are revisited and there are many occasions to build on the working scientifically skills. Where topics are not revisited, the Science Lead has endeavoured to liaise with staff to ensure loss of learning of key knowledge and skills are not lost. For example, the Year 4 Sound topic will be taught when those children reach Year 6 (academic year 2021-2022).
Our Subject Ambassadors are chosen children who are experts in Science, or children who have a real passion for the subject. Our Subject Ambassadors for Science 2021/22 are:
Year 6: Hannah & Manmeet
Year 5: Farrah & Ben
Year 4: Damian & Millie
Year 3: Christopher C & Jacob
Year 2: Milly-Grace & Jasper
Year 1: Sadie & Kalidas
Find out more about Subject Ambassadors by clicking here.
What our children say…
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Take a look at our Science Curriculum documents by clicking the links below.
Science Intent, Implementation, Impact
Science Skills Ladder
Science Long Term Plan
Take a look at our learning…
Click the links below to see what we’ve been learning about in Science in each year group.