The 2014 National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all children:
At Plaxtol Primary School, we encourage children to be inquisitive throughout their time at the school and beyond. The Science curriculum fosters a healthy curiosity in children about our universe and promotes respect for the living and non-living. We believe science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. Throughout the programme of study, the children will acquire and develop the key knowledge that has been identified within each unit and across each year group, as well as the application of scientific skills. We ensure that the Working Scientifically skills are built-on and developed throughout children’s time at the school so that they can apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently and continue to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings.
Outdoor Learning is central to many units of science such as plants, habitats and animals including humans. We are extremely lucky as many areas of our school support the curriculum such as the wildlife garden, field, chicken coup and the school pond.
The indoor learning environments are used as much as possible to celebrate children’s work and support their learning both individually as classes and holistically as a school.
The profile of science is evident in all classrooms with science working walls to support deep scientific vocabulary, investigative learning and spelling. Our science books aim to demonstrate the high expectations which drive our teaching and learning and all of our teaching and learning is planned alongside the national curriculum and its statutory guidance.
At Plaxtol School, we follow the Kent Primary Science Scheme of Work to support our teachers with planning and delivery of excellent, outstanding lessons.
A link to the Scheme can be found here