Science Curriculum Intent Statement
Colton Primary School aims to provide all pupils with an in-depth understanding of the world around them, whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically. With this, they gain an understanding of different scientific processes and also an understanding of the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
Scientific enquiry skills at Colton Primary School are embedded in each scientific area the children study and these are revisited and developed throughout their time at school. Areas, such as Plants, are taught in Key Stage One and studied again in further detail throughout Key Stage Two. This model allows children to build upon their prior knowledge and increases their enthusiasm for the topics, whilst embedding this procedural knowledge into the long-term memory.
All children are encouraged to develop and use a range of skills: including observations, planning and investigations. Pupils are also encouraged to question the world around them and become independent learners in exploring possible answers for their scientific based questions. Specialist vocabulary for topics is taught and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged. Concepts taught should be reinforced by focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions.