Science at St. Michael's
At St Michael’s, our science curriculum is designed with the intent that our children will develop an in-depth interest and understanding of the world around them. They will have an understanding of how major scientific ideas have played a vital role in society. This will prepare them for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world. Our aim is to build science capital for all our children, regardless of their background and starting point, so that they are inspired to continue to use science in their everyday life, future education and careers. We aim to ensure that we are ‘smashing stereotypes’ with our science learning, ensuring scientists studied reflect our diverse world.
We will deliver a Science Curriculum that:
- Builds upon prior knowledge and a progression of skills to ensure all children have a secure understanding and knowledge of key science concepts
- Develops creativity and challenges all of our learners through outstanding and inclusive teaching practice
- Inspires and excites our children through engaging practical sessions which are enriched with visits and visitors
- Will develop aspirational learners with an awareness of the key role that science plays within our community and the world and the opportunities that this creates for future careers
- Encourages our children to be self-motivated, independent, curious and resilient learners by developing inquiry–based skills and sessions
- Encompasses outdoor learning to create meaningful experiences within their natural environment
- Build interest in STEM fields to build and develop in the secondary setting
The curriculum is led and overseen by the science curriculum leader, who regularly monitors, evaluates and reviews science teaching and learning, celebrating and sharing good practice. Formative assessments will be integrated into everyday science teaching to ensure teachers have an in–depth knowledge of the children’s learning and inform their next steps. Our curriculum ensures the development of progression of skills, allowing children to build upon prior knowledge and understanding.
The National Curriculum 2014 and the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework provide the basis for our science curriculum, which is then tailored to meet the learning and developmental needs of the children in our school. We include relevant cross curricular learning where suitable.
Children will become resilient, independent and curious scientists who ask questions and find things out for themselves.
Science will be a high-profile subject throughout the school.
Children will be enthusiastic and motivated scientific learners.
Outdoor learning will be utilised where appropriate for science lessons.
Children will have an awareness of the full range of scientific careers and pathways available to them, and will be keen to pursue STEM subjects at secondary school.
Children will leave for secondary school equipped with the science knowledge and skills needed to succeed in their further education.