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Subject Intent

At Shenley Primary School, the main aim of our Science curriculum is to ensure that our provision inspires the children to be inquisitive about the world around them and nurtures their innate curiosity. Through Science lessons, we aim to provide the children with skills that they can utilise across the curriculum and in their lives. Cross-curricular links are developed with Maths, Geography and History, and there is a coherence in the way Science fits into our overall approach.

We recognise that it is vital that children have access to a high quality, broad and balanced Science curriculum. Our curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils develop progressive, scientific enquiry skills across all key stages within the strands of Science. We have a clear progression of skills, which teachers follow in their planning, and the children are given opportunities to reflect and build on their prior knowledge.  Our planning aims to develop independent learning skills through opportunities to ask questions, design investigations and measure results. At Shenley, the children are exposed to the full range of scientific enquiry types and are encouraged to ask questions about the world around them. Teachers make links between Science and the ‘bigger picture’ and the children are informed of the role that Science plays in their daily lives.

Our Science teaching places an emphasis on investigative opportunities to enable our children to ask questions and become enquiry based learners. We believe that child-led investigations allow the children to develop their ‘working scientifically’ skills, as well as their knowledge based learning. At our school, we are lucky enough to have large outdoor spaces to allow Science learning to take place outside of the classroom. The children have ‘forest school’ lessons on a termly basis which link well to aspects of the Science curriculum. We also have a strong relationship with our local park, which provides other learning opportunities for our children. 

Ultimately, at Shenley, we want our children to experience engaging and thought-provoking lessons that foster a love of Science.

National Curriculum Aims for Science

The National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils:

· Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics

· Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them

· Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.