Our rolling program at Swimbridge CE Primary follows the year by year progression of knowledge and skills as set out in the National Curriculum, with children in Reception being taught science through ‘understanding the world’.
The acquisition of key scientific knowledge is an integral part of our weekly science lessons, where we routinely revisit topics such as plants, light and forces to fully embed knowledge and deepen understanding. Class teachers use elicitation tasks at the beginning of each topic to determine existing knowledge and understanding and to address any misconceptions. The use of linked knowledge organisers enable children to learn and retain the important knowledge and vocabulary contained within each unit. In addition to this, each class creates a Science Floorbook to record their key learning throughout the topic and revisit previous learning.
Another important part of the Science National Curriculum is the having the required skills to work scientifically. At Swimbridge CE Primary, we use the six enquiry skills developed by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). Based on the National Curriculum requirements, each of these skills has increasing depth and challenge as the children move through the year groups. At the end of KS2, children should be able to develop their own questions, plan different types of enquiry to answer them and communicate their findings in a variety of ways.