Science

Our Science coordinator is Mrs Davies.

Intent

At Towngate Primary Academy, we teach weekly science lessons across both Key Stage 1 and 2.  Early Years deliver science through focus sessions and both indoor and outdoor provision. Science is a subject specific lesson and where appropriate cross-curricular links are made. These lessons build upon previously taught knowledge, skills and vocabulary.  Teachers use subject progression grids alongside Snap Science, to understand previously taught knowledge, skills and vocabulary and where the children’s learning will progress throughout school. This allows the children to acquire knowledge and know more, remember more.

Key Stage One and Key Stage Two teachers cover the objectives set out in the Programmes of Study in the National Curriculum and follow the ‘Snap Science’ scheme to reduce teacher workload and support subject knowledge.  Lessons at Towngate Primary Academy include reviews of previously taught skills, knowledge and vocabulary and we promote an importance of an investigative approach through regular ‘hands on’ experiences.

In the Academy’s Early Year setting, the early year practitioners promote science as a natural and critical part of children’s early learning. Children’s curiosity about the natural world is encouraged and practitioners in our Early Years setting use this to plan their science provision across both settings, ensuring children are encouraged to be curious and build upon this curiosity.

Implementation

Lessons:

At Towngate Primary Academy, we follow the Rosenshine’s principles to teach our Science lessons. Children recap previously taught scientific vocabulary through flashcards and are introduced to new scientific vocabulary relating to their learning objective.  Opportunities are planned for children to work scientifically and participate in investigations and experiments where appropriate.  Previous learning is reviewed at the beginning of each lesson through different techniques such as recall quizzes, labelling diagrams and odd one out quizzes.

Environment: 

Learning walls specific to Science topics are used in lessons to highlight key vocabulary and knowledge. Small steps and a success criteria is displayed to support children in their independent learning. Non-fiction texts are displayed alongside this learning walls and in reading corners to develop children’s understanding.

Impact

Monitoring, which takes place every half term, by the Science curriculum leader will show pupils are confident in discussing Science, their own work and their strengths and areas for development. They are able to show a progression of understanding, with appropriate vocabulary which supports their learning.

The learning environment will show pupils have had opportunities for practice and refinement of skills. A clear progression of skills in line with expectations set out in the progression grid.

Pupils’ gain cultural capital through the opportunities to develop their curiosity through carefully planned lessons involving experiments or investigations, the exposure to a range of scientific skills and knowledge raises pupil’s aspirations to become budding scientists and  ensures they are ready for high school.

Please visit our twitter feed to see what we are learning across the school in science:

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