Science is a core subject within the National curriculum and is an area that covers both scientific knowledge and skills, click here to see the in depth programmes of study for each year group.
At Howitt we teach science as an integral part of our broad and balanced curriculum right from nursery to year 6. We believe this ensures that children see a purpose to their lessons and can transfer their knowledge and skills across all lessons and into everyday life situations.
During lessons children are encouraged to take a practical and enquiry based approach to learning to enable them to develop an understanding of scientific concepts and skills. They are encouraged to use logical thinking to formulate their own questions and evaluate problems, then develop these ideas into testable experiments to challenge their thoughts and gain an in-depth understanding of key concepts.
You can view our policy and the things we cover in the science curriculum, below.
At Howitt Primary School, we are committed to providing a science curriculum that is broad and ambitious for all pupils, within a stimulating, engaging and challenging learning environment.
Children will learn within a coherent and progressive framework that is planned and sequenced to develop and use a range of scientific skills, including questioning, researching and observing in order to develop a rich and deep subject knowledge. We adapt and extend the curriculum to match all pupils’ needs and a range of strategies are used to deepen knowledge so that it is committed to long-term memory.
Learning in science will promote and nurture curiosity and excitement, awe and wonder, offering opportunities for children to learn outdoors, where appropriate.
We want children to have a broad vocabulary, giving them the confidence and motivation to generate their own questions as well as finding answers, and enabling learners to see connections between science and other subject areas. Practical investigations create opportunities to develop enquiring minds in search of those answers and children are encouraged to make mistakes on the path to discovery.
Our children develop respect for the world around us and our position in it, recognising that science impacts all aspects of their lives.
Impact of effective science teaching
The impact and measure of this is to ensure children not only acquire the appropriate age- related knowledge linked to the science curriculum, but also skills which equip them to progress from their starting points, and within their everyday lives.
All children will have:
a wider variety of skills linked to both scientific knowledge and understanding, and scientific enquiry/investigative skills;
a richer vocabulary which will enable them to articulate their understanding of taught concepts; and
high aspirations, which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life.
At Howitt we also understand the importance of first hand experiences and use WOW days to hook the children into their learning and ensure they have a thirst for knowledge. See some of the exciting things the children across the school have experienced so far.
Year 5 - As part of their wow day, they launched rockets, made craters and measured them and had a visit from the mobile planetarium!
Year 2 had the 'Animal Magic Parties' workshop in for their WOW day. They got to see and handle animals from each of the animal groups and talked about their basic needs and natural habitats.
In year 1 the children have been learning all about themselves! They had lots of fun labelling different parts of their body and used their senses to experiment with different foods!