Science is taught throughout the school following the Key Stage 1 and 2 National curriculum (please see an overview below). There is a focus on the three subjects: biology, chemistry and physics. Our children are always encouraged to develop their scientific enquiry skills, taking the opportunity where ever possible to take part in, plan and set up investigations. There are many topics (e.g. animals and their habitats, electricity and forces, plants and living things) that are repeated throughout the curriculum which allow the children to build upon their prior knowledge. Science is taught practically with opportunities for the children to develop their scientific skills every lesson. The children enjoy asking questions and investigating their ideas before sharing their findings with the class. Classes continue to develop their scientific knowledge and experiences outside of the classroom in the local area and through school trips and visitors. We also have a Science day where children can get even more excited about the subject and cross curricular links e.g. a Science stimulus for their writing and topic linked texts in literacy. Below are links for key information, photos of Science in action at our school and useful websites.
Broadly speaking, our vision for Science at High Wycombe Church of England Combined School is as follows:
For the pupils to learn a Science curriculum which enables them to explore, discover and learn the world around them, confidently, so they have a deeper understanding of the world we live in.
For the pupils to engage and feel curious and passionate about Science. As a school we will deliver a stimulating Science curriculum that nurtures their curiosity and their ongoing intellectual development. With a 'working scientifically' focused scheme the children will have the opportunity to explore and investigate.
For the pupils to work towards challenging experiences so they can have a secure and scientific knowledge and use of vocabulary.
At HWCE, we aim for a high quality Science curriculum, which develops skills in line with the national curriculum and embeds the invaluable qualities in our school vision.
HWCE is a loving, inclusive school community with a Christian ethos that enables all to be independent, confident, resilient learners, respectful within the school and the wider world, encouraging all to flourish.
Our curriculum is inclusive, to ensure opportunities for all learners are equal, irrespective of SEN, gender, ethnicity, background or beliefs. We aim to do this by placing a greater focus on practical and investigation lessons, where children have the opportunity to develop their working scientifically skills and explore the world around them. This ensures all learners have an equal chance to succeed, regardless of written barriers to learning and enables them all to thrive.
The national curriculum is followed and where possible, links to other topics are made to deepen their learning. All classes follow a curriculum overview.
Each class follows the Collins scheme of work – selecting and adapting the lessons that best suit their class’s needs for development regarding skills whilst still covering the objectives. This scheme of work and teachers planning provides differentiation, challenge and progression for all pupils.
Working scientifically skills are embedded throughout lessons and are developed through following the skills progression grid which provides a framework of expectation across year groups.
Topics are taught at the appropriate times of year to best incorporate experiences and awareness of the concepts.
Teachers have access to a wide variety of resources and scientific equipment for every topic to ensure their lessons are engaging, inclusive and embed scientific understanding.
Teachers are also encouraged to incorporate outdoor learning wherever possible in order for children to develop an understanding of the world around them.
Teachers create a positive attitude to science within their classrooms and reinforce to all children that they are capable of achieving high standards in science.
Independence is encouraged through investigating their own questions and testing their ideas.
Children usually work in mixed ability groups to support and extend each other’s learning.
Children’s knowledge is assessed in lessons through questioning, observation and written work. Their working scientifically skills are assessed at the end of each term, to track progression and areas to develop.
Classrooms have a Science displays which celebrates work and acts as a working wall to enhance the teaching and learning
We also continually foster a love of Science through holiday homework tasks, links to other topics, Science days, school trips and visitors.
To ensure that all children, regardless of their starting points, gain a love of Science. As well as this, they will acquire the appropriate age-related knowledge linked to the Science curriculum along with the skills to best equip them to progress further throughout their education and everyday lives.
We aim to ensure that all pupils: