Science at Orchard Meadow
Science is an opportunity for the children to apply the key drivers of our school at once, in everything they do. To be part of our science the children are determined, ambitious, creative, respectful, confident and of course enthusiastic. We are delivering a curriculum based on the children being the scientist. They are the thinkers, the talkers and the doers, discovering and embedding their learning through carefully structured discussions, collaboration, investigation and recording.
The topics are planned so that progression is clear and evident to both staff and pupils and they build on their embedded learning of previous years. The lessons are ambitious. We encourage the children to independently engage their working scientifically skills and be confident in their own abilities to question and discuss their topics using scientific vocabulary enabling them to create and evaluate their own successful investigations from EYFS to year 6.
The working scientifically skills are inbuilt within each lesson ensuring that there is also a clear progression of the 5 types of enquiry. The children are aware of, and able to identify, the skills they are using as they move further up the school. The science curriculum offers opportunities for our children to understand the relevance in their worlds of the science they are learning. There will be (post covid) regular guest speakers in assemblies from a wide range of STEM careers and industries as well as visits to local STEM companies so that the context of what ‘being a scientist’ means, is understood resulting in more engaged, enthused scientists at our school. The aim of our science at our school is to create a more enriched meaningful curriculum that excites our children and increases their science capital.