Science at Orchard Meadow

What science looks like 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 units 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.The children are aware of, and able to identify, which line of enquiry they are using during their lessons.The science curriculum offers opportunities for our children to understand how thier science curriculum fits in the real world.There will be (covid allowing) regular guest speakers in assemblies from a wide range of STEM careers and industries. We aim to enage pupils in 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.

We recognise that Oxford is rich in science and engineering and thread this local knowledge throughout our school life. The aim of our science at our school is immerse our children and communnity in a more enriched meaningful curriculum that excites our children and increases their science capital.  

What our pupils learn:

Click here for the progression of knowledge (substantive - National Curriculum Objectives

Click here for the progression of skills (disciplinary knowledge - National Curriculum)

Click here for the yearly overview of biology, physics and chemistry units

Click here for our science bookshelf used for guided and classroom reading 



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