Science

Curriculum Leader: Mrs Natasha Bull

Intent: The intent of the science curriculum at Theddlethorpe Academy is to ensure that every pupil has an excellent first experience of science. From a very early age children are naturally curious and we believe that our teaching should nurture this curiosity and allow the children to ask questions and develop the skills they need to answer those questions. Our aim at the academy is to help children investigate problems, learn how science works and discover why science matters in the world. At Theddlethorpe Academy, our children’s journey through the sciences begins in Early Years where we cover a number of scientific concepts, albeit under the strand of Understanding the World. Children are encouraged to identify similarities and differences between themselves and others (Biology), and to also discuss their observations of the environment around them, talking about changes that happen (Physics and Chemistry).

Moving through into Key Stage one and two, the children build on these earlier skills; continue asking questions, gathering evidence, carrying out experiments and looking at different ways of presenting results they find. The three broad categories covered in these later key stages are: life and living things (Biology), materials and their properties (Chemistry) and physical processes (Physics); with each category covering a range of scientific concepts. Each year these concepts are built upon, allowing the children to develop a more in depth understanding of them over time. The schooling of science can be embedded within topics across the year groups but some lessons may require stand-alone teaching due to the nature of their complexities. There are many local industries, science-based, such as engineering companies, and where possible, we are trying to make local links to support understanding of the subject in a local context.

What approach do we take to teaching Science? Most curriculum subjects are taught through a thematic approach. For example, the theme topic may focus on Life in Ancient Greece; Stone Age; The Animal Kingdom, amongst many other areas. Our medium-term plans then identify the following, where staff will ensure coverage and skills across the curriculum subject areas, including, where appropriate, Science – due to the nature of the subject, some Science will be taught separately, but links are made as and when appropriate:

  • Intent: What wider skills do we want the children to have developed by the end of this theme, supporting future learning and life skills?
  • Intent: Outline the factual/topical areas that will be covered, enhancing the development of knowledge and cultural capital?
  • Intent: What opportunities will there be to develop literacy and numeracy skills?
  • Intent: Cross-Curricular links: Which curriculum areas will be covered during this theme, developing cross-curriculum knowledge and skills?
  • Impact: What opportunities will be provided to assess the development of knowledge and skills?
  • Impact: What specific areas of knowledge/skills will be developed during this theme, which will be assessed at different times by the teacher and by the pupil?
  • Impact: What specific wider skills will be developed during this theme, which will be assessed at different times by the teacher and by the pupil?

Alongside this, we use Milestones for teachers and Curriculum Leaders to monitor coverage and track progress across the curriculum, ensuring appropriate sequencing is in place. We use the milestones created by Chris Quigley Education, in conjunction with our thematic planning to ensure the children develop their knowledge and skills as they move from Early Years through to Key Stage 1 and 2. If you click on the tabs below, you will see the milestones for Early Years; Years 1 & 2; Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6.

Early reading is taught through systematic phonics using letters and sounds. As the children progress through the school, key skills are taught and developed through guided reading linking with our English units of work. Children are exposed to a variety of texts to further enhance their knowledge. We promote reading for pleasure as part of our reading curriculum and children are encouraged to develop their own preferences of genres and authors. Reading is regularly assessed and tracked and termly tests are also used to support teachers with their planning.

Enrichment activities are plan for throughout the year where the children have the opportunity to celebrate books and authors, do some mixed-age paired reading, read to visitors, visit the local library and read for enjoyment.

Alongside this, we use Milestones for teachers and Curriculum Leaders to monitor coverage and track progress across the curriculum, ensuring appropriate sequencing is in place. We use the milestones created by Chris Quigley Education, in conjunction with our planning to ensure the children develop their knowledge and skills as they move from Early Years through to Key Stage 1 and 2. If you click on the tabs below, you will see the milestones for Early Years; Years 1 & 2; Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6.

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