At the Newark Hill Academy, our curriculum is an enquiry approach with a child-centred approach.
We challenge our pupils to build on their curiosity using scientific skills to enable them to become enquiry-based learners and to achieve their full learning potential. They have many opportunities to apply these scientific skills to develop their understanding of the world around them, which will continue with them to KS3.
Happiness and health are at the heart of science as they form the basis of our pupils understanding themselves in relation to the world around them. We teach pupils to explore their mind and body and how the world around them affects them being the best version of themselves and vice a versa.
Our pupils will be inspired by exploring local, national, and international habitats, species, technology advances, scientific research, significant people, and scientific advances. Pupils will use their knowledge and investigative skills to provide possible solutions to problems in their environment and around the world.
Learning in Science for our pupils is Lifelong, so they are applying their knowledge and understanding in their adult life. For example, this could be understanding their healthy and unhealthy food choices to understand the impact of these to their health long term.
We celebrate diversity and cultural capital ensuring pupils understand how people from different walks of life have impacted developing key scientific concepts and ideas. They also learn about how many careers that hold elements of science within them.
We will encourage our pupils to be inquisitive about natural phenomena and to be excited by the process of understanding the world around them throughout their time at Newark Hill Academy. Science will be taught as a separate lesson but will be linked to our Topic work where appropriate. We believe Science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills, and positive attitudes.
Throughout the programmes of study, the children will acquire and develop key knowledge identified by each year group which is informed by the National Curriculum and develop progressive skills. Scientific terminology will be introduced each lesson and knowledge will be built upon throughout the school. Pupils will develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through specific disciplines of biology, chemistry, and physics.
Pupils will be encouraged to work scientifically and will able to carry out simple tests and experiments using equipment and to gather and record data about the world around them. We understand that it is important for lessons to have a skills- based focus, and that knowledge can be taught through this. Whilst at Newark Hill Primary Academy, children will learn about plants, animals including humans, materials, seasonal change, habitats, rocks, light, forces, states of matter, sound, electricity, earth and space and evolution and inheritance.
Pupils will be equipped with the scientific skills required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. The school’s approach to Science takes account of school’s own context, ensuring access to people with specialist expertise and places of scientific interest as part of the school’s commitment to learning outside the classroom.
Through STEM learning cross curricular opportunities are also identified, mapped and planned to ensure contextual relevance. We will also have dedicated science days throughout the year.
The successful approach to the teaching of science at Newark Hill Academy will result in a fun, engaging, high quality science education, that provides pupils with the foundations for understanding the world that they can take with them once they complete their primary education.
Assessment at Newark Hill Academy is teacher based and formed using formal strategies such as Microsoft form quizzes, assessment tasks, and concept maps as well as informal strategies such as verbal and written outcomes and presentations.
By the end of KS1, our pupils will have developed their knowledge and observe natural and humanly constructed world around them. They will have a natural curiosity and will ask questions about what they notice through developing their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiries. They will develop basic scientific vocabulary to enhance their understanding of the world around them.
By the end of KS2, our pupils will have developed and broaden their scientific view of the world around them. They will investigate their own questions as well as build on developing ideas about everyday phenomena. They will ask their own questions about what they observe and decide which types of scientific enquiry is the best way of answering them. They will be developing an enhanced vocabulary linked to the different strands of science and will have a depth of learning within topics.
National Curriculum Science Programmes of Study:
Our Science Coordinator is Miss Bibi
See the documents attached for Planning and Progression of Skills in Science.