|At Thurlbear Primary school we use ‘Plymouth Science’ scheme of work to deliver an engaging and rigorous Science curriculum. Following this scheme and individualising it for the needs of specific classes provides full coverage of the new National Curriculum, following the programmes of study for each year group and providing clear progression.
Our science curriculum requires learners to ask questions about the world around them and investigate the answers. They do this through exploring, talking about, testing and developing ideas about everyday phenomena and the relationships between living things and familiar environments. They use the five types of enquiry: comparative testing, observation over time, grouping and classifying, noticing patterns and research to investigate the different disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics as part of the science curriculum. Working scientifically skills are incorporated throughout the programme of study and developed alongside the scientific knowledge.
Our science lessons make use of a range of teaching strategies including making clear links to high quality literary texts that support the science curriculum so that where possible children can learn the language of science through stories and other texts. Demonstration and modelling are used to aid explanation and a range of appropriate practical activities are included that have clear purpose and help to extend and develop children’s scientific knowledge and skills. Possible misconceptions that children may hold are challenged through clear explanation based on excellent teacher knowledge. Throughout our science curriculum children are given the opportunity to consider ways in which science links to a variety of current careers. Pupils also have an opportunity to learn about significant individuals that have made a contribution towards scientific thinking.
Each of the units of science work is designed to clearly build on children’s previous knowledge and the use of scientific vocabulary is integral and progressive within our curriculum. Children add to concept maps to demonstrate the knowledge they have gained through their learning and there are opportunities within the scheme of work to assess disciplinary knowledge and monitor the children’s progress. Formative assessment is used to address misconceptions or gaps in learning in order to create secure scientific foundations.