At All Saints, children will acquire fundamental scientific concepts in biology, chemistry and physics, as well as develop lifelong scientific inquiry skills, so they discover and comprehend the phenomena in the world around them. They will gain an appreciation for the significant contributions that important scientific concepts and individuals have made to society, as well as their cultural importance. It is our intent to inspire, motivate and prepare children with these scientific concepts and skills to achieve their aspirations, and succeed in further education and beyond. All children are encouraged to connect with science, developing their curiosity and individual ideas about the processes of understanding the world.
We strive to provide pupils with a range of opportunities to carry out investigations that include the six enquiry types taken from the PSTT (©Primary Science Teaching Trust 2019) so they can develop and apply the PSTT working scientifically skills, as seen below. It is our intent to embed this key scientific vocabulary into all areas of the curriculum, so it becomes a natural and consistent part of staff and pupils' everyday language.
Our science curriculum has been carefully developed so that children are at the heart of their learning. We have a shared Vision and Principles document in science, which has been developed by a strong, and enthusiastic team of teaching staff, and this vision is reflected in pupil outcomes.
Our high-quality science curriculum, encourages children to challenge, question, and learn about the understanding of the world through student-led practical enquiry and enriched hands-on experiences. The National Curriculum and EYFS Framework is at the core of our science curriculum at All Saints, and then supplemented with progression documents of fundamental skills and knowledge.
Follow each link to our progression of knowledge documents (these are ‘live’ documents that teachers will adapt as and when they teach their lessons):
To support our planning and teaching in science, we have access to a range of websites, and resources. We encourage pupils to make links with real-life experiences, have aspirations, and teach them about the diversity and opportunities within the world of science. We begin our lessons with quick reviews, and child-led starters that include discussions, challenging each other's ideas and asking/answering questions.
Underpinning science at All Saints is our teaching and learning policy, which ensures topics and lessons are well-sequenced so concepts and skills are embedded and built upon year-on-year. Our science curriculum map identifies the topics taught in each year group, and our progression documents demonstrate how topics are made up of building blocks that add to existing knowledge and skills for pupil’s deeper understanding.
Our broad range of extra-curricular opportunities, such as exciting science clubs, trips and visitors, leave pupils curious, "mind-blown" and inspired to learn more and make a difference to our world.
To encourage excitement and curiosity about everyday phenomena, every class possesses a science backpack (with resources included), where each child is able to explore and investigate their own interesting ideas at home with their families.
All stakeholders have an important part to play in the teaching and learning of science at All Saints. The role of each stakeholder is clearly defined in the University of Hertfordshire's ‘Good Science in Primary Schools' poster. We expect everyone to have an interest in the success of science through supporting all pupils to achieve to their full potential and set them up with the skills and knowledge that will support them later on in life.
"I can't wait to be a scientist when I grow up!" - A Reception child whilst exploring and digging outdoors with a magnifying glass.