Curriculum

Science

At Nightingale Primary School, we pride ourselves by fostering a healthy curiosity about the universe, encouraging our pupils to ask questions about how and why.  Our curriculum ensures progression across the school from the EYFS to Year 6, reflecting the National Curriculum.  We believe science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes and, throughout the programme of study, children will acquire and develop these key foundational skills.  This ensures their scientific mind-set will be taken beyond primary school. 

This is compounded through a development of the children’s working scientifically skills.  Pupils build on this by applying their knowledge of science when using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently and continue to ask questions about be curious about their surroundings.

Implementation

Teachers create a positive attitude towards science learning in the classroom by maintaining a high level of subject knowledge. 

We use a variety of thought-provoking assessment techniques (allowing for a range of skills, as opposed to just written, to be used) to tailor lessons to the children, making reasonable adjustments where needed.

Curiosity is amplified through scientific reasoning and questioning, supported through scientific investigations.

We build upon the knowledge and skill development of previous years, developing the use of scientific equipment, interpretation and collation of results, drawing conclusions and recognising there is a degree of trust within results.

Throughout Nightingale Primary School, children will explore the 5 types of scientific enquiry which builds on their subject-knowledge and working scientifically skills:

  1. Fair and Comparative Testing
  2. Pattern Seeking
  3. Changes Over Time
  4. Secondary Sources
  5. Identifying, Classifying and Grouping.