“The important thing is to never stop questioning”.
- Albert Einstein
“Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination”.
Dr Mae Jemison
Science subject lead: Miss. M Allen
At Saint Augustine Webster Catholic Voluntary Academy, we believe that science enables children to understand the everchanging world around them and never more has it been at the forefront of our everyday lives. Science has, and continues to shape the way we live and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. From EYFS, children foster a healthy curiosity in the world, with investigation through play, and develop a respect for the living and non-living. These key attributes are embedded in our pupils and carried forward to scientific subject specific learning. In keeping with our school value of kindness, science also provides pupils with the opportunity to appreciate the beauty and wonder in the world around them. We believe that science is an essential part of the curriculum that is taught stand alone but also has many cross curricular elements that will be revisited and consolidated, such as healthy eating in PSHE and exercise and the human body in PE.
The CUSP curriculum ensures full scientific coverage through teaching the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science is taught across each year group in modules that allow pupils to study key scientific understanding, skills and vocabulary in depth. Each module builds upon prior learning and is sequenced to aid the acquisition and retention of key scientific knowledge. Modules are accompanied by knowledge organisers which provide an overview of the key vocabulary, information and concepts pupils are expected to understand and retain. Pupils are further supported by a knowledge note which identifies the key information within a specific lesson. Cumulative quizzing is designed to help revisit and reinforce key scientific knowledge. Within each topic are planned scientific enquiry and working scientifically opportunities. Pupils will develop their skills as a scientist by asking questions and planning, carrying out experiments, collecting and analyzing data and subsequently drawing conclusions. Where possible, we provide first hand experiences with our local environment and educational trips to maximise pupil’s engagement and motivation.
The implementation of this curriculum will ensure pupils at St Augustine Webster CVA experience an engaging, fun and high-quality science education. Pupils will understand the uses and implications of science, and draw upon this to answer questions about the current world and that of the future. Through harnessing their natural curiosity and allowing children ask and investigate questions, they will become increasingly independent learners and continue to develop as scientists. Within science lessons pupils also develop transferrable skills such as collaboration, discussion and decision making. Pupils will be equipped with the scientific knowledge to make informed choices about their own lives and their impact on the environment.
We will measure the impact of science through:
- pupil achievement data
- pupil voice
- lesson observations
- learning walks
- work scrutinies
If you were to walk into science lessons at Saint Augustine Webster CVA, you would see:
- High expectation for pupil outcomes
- Active scientific enquiry through planning and carrying out experiments
- Collecting and analysing data from experiments, and drawing conclusions
- Developing enquiry skills through questioning
- Increasing depth of knowledge and understanding
- Pupils returning to prior learning
- Pupils learning to select, organise and integrate new knowledge with prior learning
- Cumulative quizzing as a learning and assessment tool
- High quality worked examples
- Sequential lessons building up technical skills and vocabulary in small steps
- Guided practice leading to independent application
- Collaboration and support