At Crab Lane, we aim to harness children’s natural curiosity about the world around them and allow for collaborative, child-led discovery. We empower children to experiment, investigate, fail and succeed whilst having fun.
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Science subject overview
Our science curriculum is designed to enable children to grasp a solid understanding of materials, life and physical processes by applying a wide range of skills. These include: exploring, observing, grouping, classifying, questioning, researching, planning, testing, measuring, communicating and evaluating. As a result, our pupils are learning to work as real scientists. They do this by following The Rising Stars Switched On Science Scheme. This scheme provides a fully comprehensive coverage of the Science National Curriculum, enabling effective progression over time through a diverse range of scientific units. Children work scientifically in a range of contexts providing appropriate repetition and reinforcement to help ensure retention over time.
In both key stage 1 and key stage 2, topics are discrete and where appropriate opportunities for cross-curricular links are provided. The units of work have a strong focus on practical exploration. We believe exploration and practical opportunities should always be at the heart of our science learning, making our lessons exciting, memorable and enquiry-based.
Teachers adapt the scheme of work to support all learners in the class and ensure that there is a strong focus on child-led enquiry and question-based learning. This encourages children to ask questions to develop their own experimental and scientific enquiry skills. These approaches are a useful vehicle for developing our children’s oracy skills.
As part of the SEERIH Shine project, which is aimed at raising science attainment across Key stage 2 and 3 we are aiming to raise the science capital of the children in our school. The project is an excellent opportunity for us to collaborate with primary and secondary schools, as well as the University of Manchester to make our science curriculum the best it can be!
This includes raising the children’s awareness of what science looks like outside of the classroom and encouraging future career aspirations. We are very pleased to have been awarded the Platinum Primary Science Quality Mark award for our science curriculum!