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Subject - Science




Why do we teach what we teach? (Our intent)


The principle of our science teaching is to enable pupils to have first-hand learning experiences, observe phenomena and to make sense of their world.  At Oak Green we want pupils to be eager scientists, develop their natural curiosity and be ready to ask questions to further their knowledge and skills. We aim to provide pupils with a knowledge and skills-based curriculum that also gives them real world uses of science.  Our curriculum aims to encourage pupils to use the knowledge they learn in Science, and apply it to investigations and enquiries in physics, chemistry and biology. We believe that it is vitally important that children develop secure understanding of each key block of knowledge and concepts in order to progress to the next stage.


How do we teach it? (Our implementation)


At Oak Green we follow the science programme of study from the National Curriculum, using PLAN guidance.  The programme of study describes a sequence of knowledge and concepts to develop a deep understanding of science. Pupils have weekly lessons in science throughout Key Stage 1 and 2 and in Early Years, science is taught through ‘Understanding of the World’ in their continuous provision. We want our pupils to acquire and then secure knowledge and transferable skills that are progressively embedded from the very beginning of their learning journey to transitioning to life beyond Oak Green. To ensure we develop the children’s knowledge and understanding we make the teaching of science as practical and hands on as possible to ensure a sense of enjoyment. Sometimes we do this through whole-class and small group teaching, while at other times we engage the pupils in an enquiry-based activity. We encourage our pupils to ask, as well as answer, scientific questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data and the use of concept cartoons and Explorify resources. As well as the necessary knowledge and concepts it is important that children understand the methods and processes of science. ‘Working scientifically’ focuses on the key features of scientific enquiry this includes:


  • observing over time
  • pattern seeking
  • identifying
  • classifying and grouping
  • comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations)
  • researching using secondary sources.


Through the vocabulary progression of skills for each topic, specific scientific vocabulary is introduced to pupils, which is regularly referenced back to. Pupils are exposed to high quality texts which supports their learning of science. Outdoor learning is carefully planned for throughout the year along with taking part in ‘Outdoor Learning Day’.


What is the difference that this makes? (Our impact)

At Oak Green pupils enjoy science because it taps into their natural curiosity, inquisitiveness and provides opportunities for awe and wonder. They develop a keen interest in the world around them and ask deep and well considered questions. The pupils can re-call the rich and memorable learning experiences that they have been provided with and have a wide science vocabulary. They are able to make thoughtful predictions about the answers to their questions and can test ideas and draw conclusions from their results through planned investigations. They show confidence in understanding scientific concepts, recognising science enquiry and understanding how science is relevant to our world. The progression throughout the year groups allows the children to progress year on year and at a pace appropriate to the leaner. We nurture learners’ roots to support growth and take pride in their achievements both personally and across the curriculum. We aspire for our learners to have the determination and perseverance to achieve their full potential.