At Gade Valley Primary School we believe that a high quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of early physics (e.g. forces) chemistry (e.g. reversible and irreversible change) and biology (e.g. growing plants). We intend to provide all children regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability, with a broad and balanced science curriculum.
Gade Valley strive to:
At Gade Valley Primary School we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Science is consistently taught as discrete lessons for up to 2 hours per week. Planning for science ensures that the school gives full coverage of ‘The National Curriculum programmes of study for Science 2014’. In Early Years, busy-fingers and child-initiated learning sessions cover many aspects relating to ‘understanding the world’ in the early learning goals (and exceeding statements). Throughout science lessons, Teachers include the Gade Valley Principles of Teaching and Learning, which are a set of non-negotiables for each lessons e.g. children are encouraged to develop their core skills of writing and maths, pupils will be challenged and display good learning behaviours. Pupils will have opportunities to explore their outdoor environment and locality to help develop their scientific skills such as questioning, predicting, hypothesising and making conclusions.
The intended impact of the Science curriculum is to ensure that the large majority of pupils will be working at or above the expected age related expectations for each year group.
In addition, all pupils will have:
UUp to December 2019, the following measurable impact includes:
During the academic year 2019/20, each class will take part in a series of Forest Schools Workshops for half a term. The sessions are planned around relevant topics for each year group and focus on learning about different aspects of the school environment. During the Autumn term Year 6 created a vegetable patch linked to their topic on WW2. Year 3 investigated branches linked to finding angles in Maths and the Nursery children were introduced to the woodland area carrying out a number of activities including observational walks, bear hunts and leaf threading.