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Science @ Ashwell Primary School

Purpose of study

A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Aims

The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

At Ashwell School we are currently in the process of updating, refining and further enhancing our curriculum design in order to give our children even better learning opportunities, experiences and curriculum enrichment in each subject area.

 Curriculum Enrichment

  • On an annual basis, we celebrate British Science week
  • Our Year 5 children take part in the Children Challenging Industry in association with York University. The programme increases the aspirations of school children to become the scientists and engineers of tomorrow. A more detailed explanation of how the children and staff CPD benefits from this programme can be seen here in the annual event that the school’s Headteacher took part in. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kl8d52yF1gc&feature=youtu.be

Coming Soon – New for Spring 2022

  • Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact Overview (To help parents understand what we teach, when we teach it and why we teach it.)
  • Full Science Curriculum Overview (See what is taught when at a glance to enable parents to support learning at home)
  • Ashwell School – Working Scientifically Skills Progression Document
  • Ashwell School – Science Curriculum Knowledge Organisers

 

To view the National Curriculum Programme of Study for KS1 and KS2 please see here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/425618/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_Science.pdf

 

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