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The curriculum at Boynton Primary School. The Intent, Implementation and Impact of Science
At Boynton Primary School we believe that a high quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. As one of the core subjects taught in primary schools, we give the teaching and learning of science the prominence it requires and recognise its importance in every aspect of daily life. The scientific area of learning is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world and with developing the skills associated with science as a process of enquiry. Through building up a body of key foundation of knowledge and concepts, pupils develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena and are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in science, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Planning for science gives full coverage of ‘The National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Science 2014’ and, ‘Understanding of the World’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Science teaching at Boynton Primary School involves adapting and extending the curriculum to match all pupils’ needs and where possible, is linked to class topics over a two year rolling programme. Science is taught consistently, once a week for up to two hours, but is also taught in many different contexts throughout other areas of the curriculum such as PSHE and Geography.
We ensure that all children are provided with rich learning experiences that aim to prepare them for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world and encourage the investigative skills of observation, prediction, experimentation, explanation and evaluation.
The impact and measure of this is to ensure children have a wider variety of skills linked to their scientific knowledge and a richer vocabulary which will enable them to articulate their understanding. They will not only acquire the appropriate age related knowledge linked to the science curriculum, but also the skills and high aspirations which will equip them to progress in further study, work and a successful adult life.