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Curriculum Intent

At Ainsdale St John’s, we are scientists! We want our children to love science and to know that science has changed our lives, and is vital to the world’s prosperity, today and for the future. 

We believe that our whole-school family can “Grow, Develop and Achieve in ALL that we do!” We strive to develop a thirst for life-long, active and responsible learning, following the Christian Values that Jesus has given to us. 

We offer a science curriculum that promotes real curiosity and excitement, encouraging the children to question and enquire about their world around them. Through high quality teaching, all our pupils are given rich, learning experiences to foster the children’s scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through biology, chemistry and physics.

 

Children flourish by collaborating together, working creatively and by thinking analytically about their investigations, observations and results. The science curriculum is ambitious and empowers our children to become independent and resilient when facing challenges and taking risks. 

We teach the children ways of exploring values and attitudes and to believe they can make positive Scientific contributions to their global community in the 21st Century.

 

 

Curriculum Implementation

The science curriculum is based on the National Curriculum Programmes of study and has been carefully designed to ensure progression and repetition in terms of embedding key learning, knowledge and skills.

Staff teach their own year groups under the guidance of the subject leader.  Science is taught discretely but staff also make meaningful links with other subjects. Teachers link prior knowledge to new knowledge to deepen children’s learning and topics such as materials are revisited to help deepen their understanding.

During science lessons, teachers encourage the children to think critically, plan and carry out scientific investigations, make hypotheses and draw conclusions from their observations

Teachers develop a passion for science and encourage children to think clearly.

 

Curriculum Impact

Teachers use formative assessment in lessons and this informs their future planning and helps them provide the best possible support for children.

Summative assessments are made at the end of each topic/unit of work. 

Monitoring in science includes: lesson observation and pupil and staff voices.  Information gathered is used to gain an accurate understanding of the quality of education in science.

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