Why do we teach this? Why do we teach it in the way we do?
At Edlington Victoria Academy, we follow the National Curriculum for Science in KS1 and KS2. Science teaching and learning is mapped out using the Early Learning Goals from children joining school in EYFS and then using the CUSP scheme of learning from Year 1 progressively to Year 6. These programs ensure the Understanding the World areas of learning and development create foundations for Science teaching throughout our curriculum.
Our Science Overview outlines when, and for how long, each topic should be taught in each year group. In the overview, prior and future knowledge are demonstrated, including for EYFS. It demonstrate the knowledge children learn in each year group and also includes key vocabulary, ethical questions to be debated in each unit (linking their science to real life situations) and investigations to ensure scientific enquiry skills in each unit.
Knowledge progression is outlined in our Science Scheme of Learning, which includes key substantive knowledge, disciplinary knowledge and vocabulary that children should know. Knowledge builds from prior learning, with units studied more than once through school. Sequencing within a unit will build on prior learning and introduce the pupils to new contexts and links with other areas of learning.
What do we teach? What does this look like?
As a core subject, Science is taught weekly using a range of scientific investigation types. Teachers build on prior learning using questioning and model new concepts in a range of ways, in order to tailor teaching to individual needs where necessary. Links are made to future learning in Science and how the knowledge and skills learnt can be applied to different careers.