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Intent

 

At Camp Hill Primary School, the science curriculum provides rich and creative opportunities for children to learn and develop in a safe environment. The science curriculum in our school supports our key drivers of compassion, community and communication. We believe that a high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Science is a body of knowledge built up through experimental testing of ideas. Science is also methodology, a practical way of finding reliable answers to questions we may ask about the world around us. Article 13 and 14, freedom of expression and freedom of thought, belief and religion.

Science in our school is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation, as well as using and applying process skills.

Children at our school are immersed in scientific vocabulary, which aids children’s knowledge and understanding not only of the topic they are studying, but of the world around them.

At Camp Hill Primary School, we believe that a broad and balanced science education is the entitlement of all children, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability. Education must develop and challenge every child’s talents, personalities and abilities to the full.

 

Implementation:

 

At Camp Hill Primary School we follow the Dimensions Curriculum. Children at our school learn science in discrete lessons throughout a Dimensions theme. In Early Years, Science is taught through the children learning about the world around them in their learning through play (Understanding The World). 

 

 

Our ambitious curriculum gives children the chance to learn through being hands-on and finding things out for themselves — the perfect way to understand the world around them. A positive primary science experience is also key to encouraging future generations to not only study this at secondary school, but also potentially to follow it as a career.

 

 

We also use the White Rose Science scheme to provide a structured and coherent programme of working scientifically that builds progressively through each year. 

 

White Rose Science provides engaging lesson content in a progressive, step-by-step method through practical experiences of working scientifically which are integral to the White Rose scheme. We aim to inspire and excite children with such activities so that they view scientific learning in a positive manner.

 

Please take a look at the curriculum links below. These links provide important information about our curriculum and the progression of skills in our school. 

 

British Values in Science

Dimensions Science Topic Overview

EYFS and PRIMARY Skills Ladder

Science Long Term Plan Y1-2

Science Long Term Plan Y3-4

Science Long Term Plan Y5-6

Dimensions Curriculum Coverage

National Curriculum England Framework Document

Curriculum Impact 

 

Written work in learning books and demonstrations/photographic evidence on an educational platform (See Saw) demonstrates that the majority of pupils deepen their scientific understanding of a topic and achieve age related expectations. Pupils enjoy science lessons and are thoroughly engrossed in their science learning. 

Please take a look at the pictures of some of the fantastic science work that goes on in our school. 

 

British Science Week 2023

 

 

This years theme for Science Week was based around 'Connections'.

On the British Science Week website it states that 'As we celebrate togetherness, after a period where isolation was a sad but necessary reality, 'Connections' is an apt theme for British Science Week 2023.'

 

Connections as a theme offered a variety of topics for Camp Hill Primary to explore. 

 

Please take a look at some of the fantastic pictures taken during science week to show you what our children got up to. 

 

British Science Week 23. Children enjoying making moon dials, creating food webs and testing if bread will go mouldy if handled with clean hands/dirty hands and kept in either the light or the dark.

Reception are looking after their very own pet caterpillars! Reception are observing everyday the changes in the life-cycle! When the caterpillars arrived they were very tiny. The caterpillars have now formed into a chrysalis and the reception children and staff cannot wait for the caterpillars to turn into beautiful butterflies!

Here are some photos of reception learning about and experimenting with magnets. The children tested the magnets against different materials to see which were magnetic. This linked to 'understanding of the world' in development matters - the EYFS curriculum.

Each year as part of British Science Week the teachers and children enjoy a yearly visit from a professor who puts on an explosive, educational show for the school.

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