Intent: At Newton Primary School, we encourage children to be inquisitive and see science as the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them think and reason scientifically. We want them to gain an understanding of scientific processes, uses and implications for today but also for the future. Each classroom has a science floor book which records whole class, as well as individual scientific thoughts, ideas and responses. These floor books can be recorded in and shared throughout the school week, promoting that notion of science being all around us and not just during science lessons.
Implementation: Science is taught in whole class sessions following a bespoke planning format, which has been based on the work of the Primary Science Education Consultancy’s PLAN and sequencing documents. We believe that the areas of science should be covered when the children have had the correct prior knowledge and conceptual understanding and our overview reflects this in its sequencing of topic areas. Although the topics have been placed underneath term headings, if the teacher has covered the National Curriculum statements for the topic and the pupils are secure, they will move on to the next topic. Other areas require teaching throughout the year and will therefore be taught continuously, alongside other areas. During the teaching of each topic the children will be working scientifically and throughout their journey in the school will have covered each area in depth. Wherever possible and suitable the children are taken outside for their science lessons.