Science, the Northill Way
At Northill Ce Academy, it is our intention to provide a high quality science education that provides children with the foundations they need to recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. We give the teaching and learning of Science high prominence.
Our curriculum will enable children to become enquiry-based learners collaborating through researching, investigating and evaluating experiences. It will encourage respect for living organisms and for the physical environment.
Teachers will ensure that all children are exposed to high quality teaching and learning experiences. These will hook the children’s interest, enabling them to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They will be encouraged to ask questions about the world around them and work scientifically to further their conceptual understanding and scientific knowledge.
Children will be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. It will provide opportunities for the critical evaluation of evidence and rational explanation of scientific phenomena as well as opportunity to apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data. Children will be immersed in key scientific vocabulary, which supports in the acquisition of scientific knowledge and understanding.
All children will be provided with a broad and balanced science curriculum, which enables pupils to develop as aspirational, motivated, curious and knowledgeable learners. Through our Science curriculum, pupils will develop a respect and admiration for the world around them as well as a sense of responsibility for looking after the world for themselves and others to enjoy.
In the 2021_22 academic year, science is delivered as a stand-alone subject.
Our curriculum objective mapping for this year can be seen here.
As well as mapping objectives and schemes of work for Science, we also ensure curriculum progression in the skills of working scientifically. Teachers use this skill progression document to support their planning for Science learning.
Progress for pupils in Science is monitored through teacher led assessment, including quizzes, marking, questioning and independent working challenges.