Our Curriculum aims and design have been developed in line with the needs of St James CE Primary School community, promoting the Christian Values we hold dear. Our curriculum is ambitious and well-planned to ensure all pupils gain ample knowledge and skills to succeed in their next stage of education and life after primary school. The aims are also based heavily on our school vision of Teach, Nurture and Celebrate in order that children should experience ‘Life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10).
All stakeholders were involved in creating the vision and aims, including: pupils, parents, PTFA, and staff members at all levels. The St James Curriculum was chosen and adapted to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to meet Key Stage requirements and allow for smooth transition to the next phase of education.
Children are taught the skills and knowledge needed to be confident mathematicians.
• Within our curriculum, we aim to inspire all pupils through engaging learning experiences
• We aim to nurture passionate, healthy and successful learners by providing a broad, balanced and enquiry-based curriculum
• Instil children with the values, knowledge and skills to enable them to achieve beyond expectations and experience success
• Provide a progressive curriculum where skills and knowledge are developed through quality ongoing assessment
We believe that a high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the areas of biology, chemistry and physics. Our Curriculum offers a coherently planned sequence of lessons to help teachers ensure they have progressively covered the requirements of the Science National Curriculum. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Science in our school is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation, as well as using and applying process skills. Teachers ensure that all children are exposed to high quality teaching and learning experiences, which allow children to explore their outdoor environment and locality, thus developing their scientific enquiry and investigative skills. They are immersed in scientific vocabulary, which aids children’s knowledge and understanding not only of the topic they are studying, but of the world around them. We intend to provide all children regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability, with a broad and balanced science curriculum.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in science, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Lessons are planned to ensure the school gives full coverage of, ‘The National Curriculum programmes of study for Science 2014’ and, ‘Understanding of the World’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Teachers use Snap Science as a basis for lesson planning and to ensure progression between year groups is maintained and all topics are covered. Lessons are adapted and extended to match all pupil’s needs.
We ensure that all children are provided with rich learning experiences that aim to:
- Prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world today and in the future.
- Help our children acquire a growing understanding of the nature, processes and methods of scientific ideas.
- Help develop and extend our children’s scientific concept of their world.
- Build on our children’s natural curiosity and developing a scientific approach to problems.
- Encouraging open-mindedness, self-assessment, perseverance and developing their investigative skills including: observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating.
- Develop the use of scientific language, recording and techniques.
- Develop the use of computing in investigating and recording.
- Make links between science and other subjects.
Our Science teaching uses an enquiry-based approach and uses questions to put the learning into context and allows children to respond and show their understanding at the end of each session. Each unit starts with a BIG QUESTION. Lessons are then planned and taught in sequence to ensure that children are able to respond to this question at the end of the unit. Most units are taught as a block. Vocabulary forms an important part of children’s scientific understanding and each topic begins with a session where relevant language is explored. Children are provided with a glossary and knowledge organiser which can be referred to throughout the unity. These are also put on our website and sent home so that children can talk about their learning with their families.
The impact and measure of this is to ensure children not only acquire the appropriate age-related knowledge linked to the science curriculum, but also skills which equip them to progress from their starting points, and within their everyday lives.
All children will have:
- A wider variety of skills linked to both scientific knowledge and understanding, and scientific enquiry/investigative skills.
- A richer vocabulary which will enable to articulate their understanding of taught concepts.
- High aspirations, which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life.