Science Curriculum Statement
What does science look like at Pomphlett Primary School?
Children learn through practical activities which develop their investigative skills and encourage a desire to find out about the world around them. We study living things, materials and states of matter, light, forces, sound, electricity and earth and space. We encourage children to discover, investigate, ask questions, observe, collaborate, predict, investigate and conclude. Children are able to use correct and appropriate scientific vocabulary to explain what they observe. Vocabulary is a key feature of our topic knowledge organisers, which form a fundamental part of how we assess children’s understanding and progress. Our curriculum is designed to ensure that children have the opportunity to revisit and retrieve previous learning, which ensures they master key concepts and that core skills are secured. Reasoning and problem-solving activities are an integral and essential aspect of learning. They are taught explicitly so that children are clear about how to make connections between elements of learning and apply their knowledge.
What do we do in science at Pomphlett Primary School?
Alongside our weekly science activities in every classroom, our curriculum is enhanced by a number of visits and trips. We have an annual science week in which we have specialists, such as the Explorer Dome, share their expertise with the pupils. This week also involves the children working collaboratively on several practical investigations and showcasing outcomes in assembly. Additionally, pupils take part in class trips linked to the science curriculum, such as a trip to Paignton Zoo. Children in each year group also have the opportunity to apply the core enquiry skills in a longitudinal study, such as observing and recording changes in the weather.
Our vision for scienceIn science, we hope to inspire our children by giving them the opportunities to pursue their natural curiosity; promoting the experience of exploring and investigating scientific phenomena, in a range of contexts, to ensure a continually evolving knowledge and understanding of the world around them.