‘Science is the study of the physical and natural world through observation and investigation.’
Intent: What do we aspire for our children in science at The Epiphany School?
Science has changed, and continues to change, our lives. We believe that pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, skills and uses of science whilst developing 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.
The Epiphany School science curriculum is designed to provide the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. In each discipline, there are blocks of learning which are taught in more than one year group. Working scientifically, specifies the understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science and is embedded within all blocks of learning. In order to work scientifically, children are taught to use these types of scientific enquiry: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources.
We have designed a science curriculum which enables children to achieve consistently highly, through progressively knowing more, remembering more and doing more, as well as understanding more though EYFS to Year 6. This is achieved through increasingly challenging end points of learning. Key vocabulary is identified and taught within each unit of work and built on from EYFS to Year 6. Substantive concepts are used as the big ideas within the subject disciple. These help pupils make sense of what they are being taught so that meaning can be made and connections formed; developing children’s growing schema.