Aims & Intentions
At St Marks, we recognise the importance that Science plays in our everyday lives and as one of the core subjects taught within our termly topics, we have worked hard to ensure pupils have access to an engaging, adapting and thought-provoking curriculum. We allow our children the freedom to ask and develop their own scientific enquires and staff help to nurture and support them in discovering the answers to their questions. We aim to develop the natural curiosity of our children and to help increase their understanding and knowledge of the world that we live in. We encourage children to be inquisitive throughout their time at school and beyond into their adult lives. The science curriculum fosters healthy curiosity in children about our universe and promotes respect for the living and non-living. We believe science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. Throughout the programmes of study, the children will acquire and develop the key knowledge that has been identified within each unit and across each year group, as well as the application of scientific skills. We ensure that the Working Scientifically Skills are built-on and developed throughout children’s time at our school so that they can apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently and continue to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings.
The successful approach at St Marks results in a fun, engaging, high-quality science education, that provides children with the foundations and knowledge for understanding the world. Our engagement with the local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first-hand experiences of the world around them. There is a clear progression of skills and knowledge acquisition which is evident in the children’s work and teachers’ high expectations in our school. Coverage is ensured through the clear mapping of the programme of study learning objectives across the school which enables the children to develop a broad and secure understanding. As pupils progress through the school, they become increasingly independent and are encouraged to select their own tools, equipment and materials as well as completing pupil lead investigations and deciding upon their own variables to measure and record. Teachers’ assessment of children is ongoing both within lessons and at the end of units, which paired with effective verbal and written feedback pushes children to achieve their potential and make good progress overall. These judgements are moderated internally and shared during curriculum meetings in order to sustain the high expectations and standards of the school. Children at St Marks passionately engage with and enjoy learning within science and this is evident in motivated, independent learners with sound scientific knowledge.