At Pattishall CE Primary School, we believe that Science is a body of knowledge built up through experimental testing of ideas. Science is a journey of discovery which should be begun through a process of exploring the base concepts, then using the process of enquiry to understand how this knowledge can be applied. It is a theoretical and practical way of finding reliable answers to questions we may ask about the world around us. Science in our school is about developing children’s understanding of the world around them, and the practical applications of the skills they are learning – demonstrating why Science is such an important subject. We believe that a broad and balanced science education is the entitlement of all children, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability.
Our intended impacts in teaching science include the following:
• Preparing our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world today and in the future.
• Helping our children acquire a growing understanding of the nature, processes and methods of scientific ideas.
• Helping develop and extend our children’s scientific concept of their world.
• Building on our children’s natural curiosity and developing a scientific approach to problems.
• Encouraging open-mindedness, self-assessment, perseverance and developing the skills of investigation – including: observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating.
• Developing the use of scientific language, recording and techniques.
• Developing the use of computing in investigating and recording.
• Making links between science and other subjects.
Statutory requirements for the teaching and learning of Science are laid out in, The National Curriculum in England Framework Document for Teaching,updated May 2015 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-scienceprogrammes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-science-programmes-of-study and the Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, updated June 2021. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-foundation-stage-framework--2
Our Golden Threads have been devised to meet the needs of the children in our community; to ensure that they are fully equipped to flourish in a diverse and complex society. From these golden threads, we have built each subject's curriculum.
Each subject has up to nine knowledge threads that reoccur year on year at the age appropriate level. Other elements will be taught too - but through these knowledge threads, we are building what we value and what our children need.
For example in History, we revisit the Slavery Knowledge Thread year on year as this is an important part of Black history, as well as an important opportunity to gain WISDOM from the past. It can also be played forward and linked to modern day slavery, including County Lines - an issue in our locality.