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Science

Position Statement For Recovery September 2020

 

During these unprecedented times the nation has seen how ‘science matters’. Whilst English and Maths have been signposted as focus components of the curriculum catch up in September, it is imperative that children have opportunities to first support their wellbeing before reengaging in ‘hands on’ science sessions again.  


During the beginning of the new year staff will need time to discuss which areas of the science curriculum were not covered during the lockdown period – or were covered online but may have been compromised.  Once these knowledge topics and working scientifically enquiry types have been identified, we will be in position to map out a manageable long-term programme of science which can be used from the Autumn Term 2020. To support with this reference will be made to advice from 'Science Across the City' tools and those linked to the PLAN matrix (ASE).

 

This will be based on the principles of understanding curriculum progression, building conceptual understanding (rather than quick-fix cramming of facts) and using proven approaches to assessment and enquiry.

 

Where possible staff will be encouraged to look for cross curricular opportunities to plan meaningfully as well as occasions science can be taught outside. For instance, combining the objectives taught in sound with music lessons or considering how PSHE will lend itself to areas of evolution and human variation.  When using equipment there will need to be careful thought about potential risks so that these can be minimised too (for instance ensuring all equipment can be cleaned).

 

 

Our Vision for Science:

 

  • To develop children’s curiosity, enabling them to make sense of the world through a knowledge-rich curriculum intertwined with opportunities for children to develop and apply their working scientifically skills

  • To help our children acquire a growing understanding of scientific ideas, to question and extend their knowledge of the world around them

  • To raise science capital, through our partnerships with the parent community, STEM ambassadors, local schools/universities and enrichment workshops

  • To foster concern about, and active care for, our environment

  • To provide children with the necessary tools to identify false information. Science is not just about learning established facts but also about fostering critical thought

 

Shaping Our Science Curriculum: 

 

At Chorlton we teach a creative curriculum that makes meaningful links, when possible we ensure that science is taught through our topics to help children make connections in their learning. When these links are not obvious science is taught discreetly to guarantee coverage of the objectives. Our science curriculum has been shaped to ensure knowledge and skills are intertwined and is taken from the National Curriculum. Teachers ensure that children are not only familiar with, but have opportunities to develop and apply their working scientifically skills. These include:

 

  • Pattern Seeking

  • Observation over time

  • Grouping and classifying

  • Using equipment and fair testing

  • Researching and presenting

 

There is a carefully mapped progression of skills, knowledge and scientific vocabulary to ensure children build upon these year on year. When children leave Chorlton C of E our curriculum prepares them for a life in an increasingly scientific and technological world.

 

Our Science curriculum is also drawn from: 

 

  • PLAN Assessment Knowledge Matrices
  • Primary Science Teaching Trust Planning Resources
  • Reach out CPD
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