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Our Curriculum

Science

Whitkirk Primary School (12)Miss Tomlinson - Science Leader


Science Long Term Plan

At Whitkirk Primary School, we believe that a high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry, and physics.

Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes, and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.

Science in our school is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation, as well as using and applying process skills. They are immersed in scientific vocabulary, which aids children’s knowledge and understanding, not only of the topic they are studying but of the world around them.

At Whitkirk Primary School, we understand the need for all pupils to develop their scientific ability as an essential component of all subjects and as a subject in its own right. A good understanding of scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding helps to support pupils' work across the curriculum. This is embedded through the use of high quality texts linked to the content taught throughout each year.

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We proudly achieved the Primary Science Quality Mark in 2020, a recognition of the high quality teaching of Science provided at Whitkirk Primary School.


Implementation

In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in science, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Science teaching at Whitkirk involves adapting and extending the curriculum to match all pupils’ needs. We ensure that all children are provided with rich learning experiences that aim to:

  • Prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world by providing lessons that are filled with purpose and challenge.
  • Help develop and extend our children’s scientific concept of their world, including encouraging children to ask questions and support them in finding the answers to these questions.
  • Build on our children’s natural curiosity and developing a scientific approach to solving problems.
  • Develop the use of scientific vocabulary, recording and working scientifically.
  • Make links between science, other subjects and topical issues that are relevant to the lives of our children.
  • Provide opportunities for independent research and enquiry through a rich selection on texts related to the concepts studied.
  • Enable children to view themselves as 'real scientists' during investigations and wider research, increasing their science capital.

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Our Science Curriculum in Action:

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To find out more about our Science curriculum, please contact school

Whitkirk Primary School is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Harrogate Grammar School, Arthurs Avenue, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 0DZ

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