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Implementation – How we plan for, and teach Science

The National Curriculum Programme of Study for Science describes a sequence of knowledge and concepts, processes and methods. This sequence of knowledge and concepts is arranged as progressive blocks of key ideas in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, alongside a progression in the skills of working scientifically.

St Thomas’ uses the White Rose Science scheme to provide a structured and coherent programme of learning that builds progressively through each year.

White Rose Science provides engaging lesson content in the same progressive, step-by-step method as the White Rose Maths scheme, which has proved very successful here.

Practical experiences of working scientifically are integral to the White Rose scheme. We aim to inspire and excite children with such activities so that they view scientific learning positively.

The link below shows Progression Charts where the key ideas within Biology, Chemistry and Physics in the National Curriculum are arranged to show how they are related to each other and how one idea builds on another. The National Curriculum statements have been edited into key ideas statements. The source of each key idea is identified by the year group and the Programme of Study topic heading. Some additional statements have been added to make important links between ideas.

Impact - How we evaluate learning in Science

Through the growing knowledge of Science, pupils will design tests, carry out investigations and collect data teaching logical thinking and the importance of a methodical approach. Pupils will recognise the power of rational explanation using correct scientific vocabulary and will draw conclusions based on outcomes. They will test theories and hypotheses developing critical thinking skills, enabling pupils to make links between ideas. St Thomas’ Scientists become open minded and respectful of their world and each other. By being motivated, reflective and resilient learners, they will be able to articulate their understanding of key concepts and recognise how Science has changed their lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity.

The most important assessments teachers make are during Science lessons, as teachers observe, question pupils and check their work. This helps teachers decide how to further support and challenge pupils as they learn.

Pupils are also assessed using White Rose Science end of block assessments. This helps teachers understand how much progress towards each step of the key learning of the National Curriculum each pupil has made and helps the school as a whole understand how successful its Science curriculum is.

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