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Intent

At Cavendish Primary School, our children are scientists; we want our children to love science and have no limits to what their ambitions are!  Our intent is to recognise the importance of science in daily life and give our children a broad and balanced curriculum including fun, practical and engaging high-quality lessons. We aim to encourage our children to have a healthy curiosity and interest in science by delivering lessons where children can learn through varied systematic investigations. These lessons allow our students to ask questions and become enquiry based learners.

Through the Primary Knowledge Curriculum, we scaffold learning and experience to ensure our education is equitable.  It is specific to the disciplines of the subject, well sequenced and ambitious.  A knowledge-rich curriculum ensures that each precious moment will support children in acquiring the knowledge, skills and cultural capital that they will need to become well-educated citizens of the future.

Implementation:

We teach science as a discrete subject tailoring the Primary Knowledge Curriculum to the needs of our school and our location. The curriculum offered is comprehensively sequenced, builds on prior knowledge and on prior learning; it is a progression model and provides depth of understanding and knowledge.

At its core, our knowledge-rich curriculum enables all children, regardless of background, to be provided with the opportunities to succeed in later life. A knowledge-rich curriculum exposes children to ambitious content that has been highly specified and well-sequenced, leaving nothing to chance.  

Within our carefully planned curriculum, children are introduced to including the inner workings of the human body, animals and the environments they live in, plants and their features, forces of nature, what lies beyond the visible world. Children are taught to apply their knowledge and conduct their own scientific enquiries to answer questions, working scientifically to develop essential skills in science.

Our science curriculum builds knowledge incrementally year on year to revisit and build upon children’s knowledge and understanding of key concepts. Pupils also study the lives and achievements of a diverse range of scientists including Lewis Howard Latimer, Thomas Edison, Jabir ibn Hayyan. Their disciplinary knowledge flourishes over time enabling them to see the importance of science as a subject and how it translates into the world of research and work, what scientists do and how they impact upon our lives.

Curriculum Map

Knowledge organisers are used for each unit of work.  These are referred to throughout the unit to aide learning and remembering.

Curriculum Knowledge Organisers (School Life menu tab)

  • Our children have access to key vocabulary and are given regular opportunities to revisit and review their learning in order to remember more.
  • Each lesson the children make links to prior knowledge and understanding
  • Children present their findings and learning using scientific language, observations and diagrams.
  • Attainment is assessed at the end of every topic through end of unit reviews and quizzes.
  • Educational visits and visitors are planned to enhance experience based learning.
  • Through using a range of assessment tools, differentiation is facilitated by teachers, to ensure that each pupil can access the Science curriculum.
  • Necessary and effective CPD course are offered to ensure all staff have high levels of confidence and knowledge.

Impact

Through trips, visits, pupil voice, and an engaging, practical curriculum, our children will be enthusiastic science learners who understand how important science is in our daily lives.  By the end of year 6, we want pupils to:

  • understand and use scientific vocabulary
  • distinguish fact from fiction
  • take ownership of knowledge
  • recognise that their voice matters
  • follow a line of enquiry
  • carry out an investigation, organise results and draw a conclusion
  • acquire knowledge of the lives and achievements of significant scientists
  • have a love for learning.