Intent

Science at Gastrells will enable children to understand the world, see how science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity.

Curriculum

We teach according to the national curriculum programmes of study and aim specifically to develop pupils’ skills in 3 key areas:

  • Scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding
  • The nature, processes and methods of science to enable them to ask questions and select an appropriate method of enquiry in order to investigate it.
  • Understand the historical, current and future uses and implications of science

Profile

We also aim to promote the profile of the subject within Gastrells to encourage pupils to regard science as:

  • fun
  • relevant to their life and their future
  • for everyone (we can all be a scientist!)
  • visible in school the wider curriculum

In addition we also feel it is imperative that pupils leave Gastrells with a positive and informed understanding of science; that stereotypes and media representations of science can be challenged in an informed way.

Implementation

We will do the above by:

  • Referring to the 5 enquiry types: classifying, secondary research, fair testing, observing over time and pattern seeking. Teaching of the science curriculum will contain a balance of these enquiry types and pupils will be encouraged to make increasingly independent decisions regarding the most appropriate to use.
  • Termly science assemblies to celebrate and inspire in science.
  • A whole school science event every year.
  • Delivering vocabulary rich content to help pupils explore and explain concepts more clearly.
  • Ensuring learning extends beyond science lessons and links to topic, literature, maths and outdoor learning.
  • Making sure one termly topic per year carries a scientific focus.
  • Providing opportunities to experience science outside the classroom; through visits, workshops and guests to the school
  • Taking an annual Pupil Voice survey to gauge attitudes of different pupil groups towards science
  • Giving feedback on learning focused on scientific thinking skills.