Intent, Implementation and Impact
At Alwoodley we believe Science should inspire, enthuse and enable children to find out about the world around them and how it works.
Science is the study of nature and how things work, the reasons behind every-day things. It’s about making the strange, mysterious, and complicated become concepts that we understand. It is about measuring and testing, and trying to find rules about how things work by testing them fairly. Working scientifically helps develop critical thinking skills, and has many links to other subjects, especially Maths and Design Technology. At Alwoodley, we make Science lessons practical and enjoyable - we have lots of children and teachers who love Science here!
In school our wider intent is to make learning meaningful and memorable whilst weaving in our three golden threads.
Cognitive education (Golden Thread 1) will be promoted so children can develop their logical and scientific thinking and make links to what they have learned in previous years. As Scientists, the children will learn and use new technical vocabulary that will help explain the world around them (Golden Thread 2). Finally, by developing their scientific thinking and vocabulary the children will have a better understanding of how the world works and their place in it (Golden Thread 3).
At Alwoodley Primary, our Science curriculum follows the National Curriculum and provides children with an array of enriching opportunities, with a strong focus on practical learning. Our children carry out a range of experiments and investigations, beginning in EYFS all the way through to the end of KS2. The lessons that the children are taught in school have a focus on the 5 different lines of enquiry:
- observation over time
- identifying and classifying
- pattern seeking
- comparative and fair testing
We use a range of strategies to assess what skills and knowledge the children have attained each term including the following:
- Book looks
- Use of super six
- Pupil Voice
- Regular feedback each lesson
- A well maintained benchmarking folder