“The important thing is to never stop questioning”
At Kingsley, our science curriculum, along with creative planning and delivery, aims to promote a curiosity, a love and a desire for learning from Early Years through to Upper Key Stage Two. Kingsley science empowers our children to become independent and resilient – key skills we promote across all subjects.
Learning occurs at every opportunity at Kingsley and we understand that children are born ready, able and eager to learn. Therefore, we plant the seeds of curiosity and exploration in our Early Years setting. We encourage children to have a go, explore new concepts, to always try again and to enjoy their experiences whilst discovering new learning in the area of ‘Understanding the World’.
We want to equip our children with not only the minimum statutory requirements of the science National Curriculum but to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. For example, we have a wonderful forest school which children from all year groups frequently visit. The children are encouraged to learn through play, through investigations and through discussions with their partners or groups. Our children engage with nature and learn to love and protect some of earth’s most vulnerable inhabitants.
At Kingsley, we aim to enrich their time in our school with memorable, unforgettable experiences and are keen to provide opportunities some of our students may never have had before. For example, Science Week 2019 was all about BUBBLES. Children across the school spent the week interacting, playing, creating, squeezing, popping, building and investigating all things bubbles! We also had the pleasure of welcoming ExplorerDome and Primarily Science into our school. Our children were enthralled with demonstrations, hands on practical science experiments and were constantly encouraged to further develop their working scientifically skills. In January and February 2020 Kingsley Community had the pleasure of welcoming Chester Zoo to our school. They taught us all about sustainable palm oil and the importance of learning where our ingredients come from and the impact humans can have upon nature both positively and negatively. EYFS invited ZooLab into school and we able to interact with a variety of creatures – an excellent example of ‘hands on’ learning.
We firmly believe that it is not just about what happens in the classroom, it is about the added value we offer to really inspire our children.
Science at Kingsley has seen a two year redevelopment period. The science curriculum has been carefully built and the learning opportunities and assessment milestones for each year group crafted to ensure progression and repetition in terms of embedding key learning, knowledge and skills. For example, the way materials is taught to be revisited in each phase. In EYFS children are encouraged to interact and play with water as part of Understanding the World. In KS1, the children discover ‘Everyday Materials’ and explore which material would make the best rain coat. In lower KS2, Year 4 explore ‘States of Matter’ and learn how water can change state and in upper KS2, Year 5, the children face ‘Materials – Properties and Changes’ and demonstrate dissolving, mixing and look at which changes of state are reversible changes. At Kingsley we have also added ‘Exploratory Units’ into some KS1 year groups. These exploratory units will visit challenge topics such as forces and electricity and encourages a hands on approach to learning. At Kingsley, we believe that ALL children are scientists and ALL children have a level of curiosity that must be tapped into and explored.
The science curriculum is divided into two official strands: knowledge and working scientifically. At Kingsley, we also believe in a third strand: vocabulary. Vocabulary plays a vital role and feeds into all subjects at Kingsley. As a school with high levels of English as an Additional Language (EAL), we encourage our children as often as possible to explore new words and phrases to constantly improve their skills. Each year groups have vocabulary that is required to be taught, learnt and used correctly by the end of each academic year.
Science subject specific characteristics (working scientifically skills) which we encourage our children to demonstrate, have been developed and shared across year groups. These characteristics are vital skills which our children need in life as well as in school during science lesson.
These characteristics are:
- Having their own ideas, making links with their learning, choosing ways to do things, being involved and concentrating, keep trying, enjoying achieving what they set out to do, exploring and always being willing to ‘have a go’
KS1 and KS2
- The ability to think independently and raise questions about working scientifically.
- Confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, planning and carrying out scientific investigations.
- Excellent scientific knowledge and understanding demonstrated in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings.
- The ability to undertake practical work in a variety of contexts, including fieldwork.
- To generate an intrigue for science and its application in past, present and future technologies.
Staff are timetabled to teach a weekly two hour science lesson. This helps to ensure sufficient time is allocated to science and that scientific subject matter can be revisited frequently to avoid misconceptions and improve the potential for our children to retain what they have been taught.
We use summative assessment sheets at the end of each topic; however, formative assessment occurs during lessons for quick, useful feedback to the teacher. At the beginning of each topic, we have designed cover sheets for books. These cover sheets highlight curriculum targets, working scientifically skills and allows the teacher immediate feedback from a lesson. Teachers are encouraged to highlight when they believe a child has met the objective from a lesson. The curriculum milestones and working scientifically skills for each phase have been carefully mapped out and further broken down for each year group. This means that skills in science are progressive and build year on year.
Our staff use science summative assessment grids to systematically assess what the children know as the topic progresses and inform their future planning. Staff use this information to inform their short-term planning and short-term interventions. This helps us provide the best possible support for all of our pupils, including the more able.
Our next step as a school, is to gather our new assessment grids and begin to analyse as part of our monitoring cycle. We hope this will provide an accurate and comprehensive understanding of the quality of education in science across Kingsley. From this we hope to target key groups of children and highlight to staff areas of strength and weakness across our school.
Progression of Skills and Knowledge
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Module Cover Sheets
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Last year, Kingsley brought in new concepts and ideas to improve our delivery of science across the school. Our first step (and the most important step), putting science back into the hearts of our children.
Our aim is to ensure all children have the opportunity to learn through doing. Science at Kingsley is hands on, interactive and thought-provoking. As teachers, we aim to allow children to lead learning as often as possible, allowing the children to generate questions and discussions, which then leads them on to further learning.
During the 2018-19 school year, Kingsley took part in a BUBBLES themed science week in July. Across the school children played, made, investigated, enquired and redesigned al things bubbles! We also were lucky enough to have the Wonderdome Company come to our school with their planetarium for our children to experience space! Not only that, we also had real scientists perform a bubbles show for our younger children – they loved every second!
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