Dulverton Primary

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Science

Intent, Implementation & Impact

Intent
At Dulverton, we believe that Science is vital because it stimulates children’s curiosity about the living world by helping children understand, question and discuss scientific ideas and issues. Science relies on first hand experiences and on other sources of information. Therefore, at Dulverton, these skills are developed further by using practical activities to engage all children in their Science learning. Scientific processes and problem-solving activities are also used to develop pupils’ understanding of fundamental concepts. Children are supported in finding and presenting answers to scientific questions. The National Curriculum states that ‘A high-quality Science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.’ At Dulverton, we believe that our high-quality Science education provides opportunities for children to achieve this level of understanding.

 

Implementation 

Here at Dulverton, we follow The National Curriculum by teaching children about the life processes of green plants, humans and other animals. We support children in understanding different materials, their properties, how they can be useful, how they can be separated and how they can be changed. Children also develop an understanding of electricity, forces, light and sound and the Earth and beyond. 

We value the importance of highlighting cross-curricular links with the children. Therefore, links are regularly made with English, Mathematics, Computing, P.E. D.T and Art. We also highlight the important role that Science plays with regards to contributing to children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. 

At Dulverton, we develop the necessary scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding by:

  • encouraging children's enjoyment and interest in Science and an appreciation of its contribution to all aspects of everyday life;
  • building children’s confidence in independently asking and answering scientific questions; 
  • encouraging children to use a variety of scientific vocabulary;
  • supporting children to evaluate evidence and present their conclusions clearly and accurately;
  • enhancing their ability to use practical equipment, including computers, correctly in order to make accurate and appropriate measurements;
  • encouraging children to apply learnt skills across the curriculum. 

 

We encourage children to share their knowledge with each other and the wider school community. This is achieved through ‘Sharing Assemblies’, parents’ evenings and event days, such as ‘Science Day’. We also display our work proudly in our books, on Working Walls and displays.

 

Impact

The quality of learning in Science is evaluated through lesson observations, pupil voice and work scruntinies. These inform future areas for improvements and the impact of new initiatives. The Science subject leader provides an action plan for the subject and addresses areas for development and improvement which are then shared with all staff. 

 

We create children who have a knowledgeable overview of the world around them and how it can inspire, motivate and challenge them to think and feel differently.

 

We encourage children to explore the wonderful world which is waiting for them!

 

Science Policy 2021