Science Overview 2023-24

Our curriculum is all the planned activities and learning that we as a school organise in order to promote learning, personal growth and development. It includes, not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum 2014, but also a range of other activities and experiences that the school organises in order to enrich the experience of our children.
We want children to become self-motivated learners who can be positive, resilient and responsible whilst working alone or cooperating with others. In order to do this we need to help them to develop the knowledge and skills to help them succeed and reach their potential.
Science is taught following the National Curriculum 2014 with each year group learning the relevant content and developing the skills of ‘Working Scientifically’. Application of these skills is recorded for each year group to ensure balance and coverage. Science is taught discreetly for the most part but some elements may have cross-curricular links, especially in EYFS. Science is taught weekly and in KS2 links with whole class reading during some weekly sessions to either further or contribute to the learning. All children have a science book in which they can record but recording is also done on pieces of paper or with photographs, depending on the learning with floor books being used to record scientific enquiry work.

We use the PLAN matrices to support delivery of objectives and vocabulary across the school as this provides teachers with their objectives, vocabulary and suggestions for evidencing learning. They also provide prior and future learning linked to that area so that staff know what the children should know and what they will need to prepare them for in the next year group/key stage. These matrices are used in conjunction with various different planning resources such as TAPs, STEM, Hamilton and many others.

Attainment is measured using our school assessment system and children are assessed on their learning in a variety of different ways, both formatively and with summative assessments (where appropriate). 
· Attainment of children has remained steady
· More than 70% of children reached the expected standard in all classes including 72% at end of KS2.
· Teachers feel secure in teaching science and have a good knowledge of their science sequencing and content.
· Teachers are happy with the documentation put in place to support their planning and help them identify misconceptions, prior knowledge and future knowledge.
· Children in Year 1 especially making great progress and enjoying their science lessons.
· Children in Y6 have good scientific knowledge of difficult concepts including taxonomy and adaptation.
· EYFS children achieved 100% at Expected for the Natural World strand. They enjoyed science and took part in science week – holding a science café for parents.