Science Teaching at Watermoor
At Watermoor Church of England Primary School we value a high-quality science education that fosters natural curiosity and continuously develops pupils’ understanding of the world around them in an intriguing and enlightening way.
Our intention in science is to provide our pupils with a wealth of knowledge, encompassing concepts, skills and positive attitudes. The 2014 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.
Our teachers create positive attitudes to science learning through the planning and resourcing of informative and engaging units of work which allow all pupils to access and achieve the aims of the national curriculum to a high standard. This whole school approach to the teaching and learning of science involves the following:
- A structured programme of study, following the 2014 National Curriculum for Science and linking to wider classroom themes where possible.
- A progressive learning journey, allowing pupils to build on their knowledge and understanding from previous years.
- Layers of challenge for all pupils, leading to depth-learning.
- First-hand experiences, especially of the world around us, that are varied and memorable.
- Direct teaching of new and technical vocabulary, with the aim being that pupils build up to becoming scientifically literate and can articulate scientific concepts clearly and precisely.
- Regular opportunities for pupils to apply their mathematical knowledge to scientific concepts, particularly through the gathering, recording and presenting of data.
- Working Scientifically skills embedded into lessons, allowing pupils to devise and explore their own questions through the 5 main types of scientific enquiry: observing changes, noticing patterns, comparative and fair tests, grouping and classifying, and using secondary sources.
We endeavour to ensure that through our engaging, progressive science provision, pupils will leave Watermoor C of E Primary School with the foundations for understanding the rapidly evolving world in which they live. It is hoped that our pupils will believe in themselves as scientists, and will continue strive and succeed in the next stage of their science education.