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A successful primary scientist should not just be able to learn scientific knowledge and vocabulary, but be able to apply it through questioning, observation and conducting investigations or solving problems. All pupils are taught how to gather, record and discuss data whether this be through simple sorting tasks or more in-depth investigations. At Ark Academy we have high expectations for the development of pupils’ scientific knowledge, skills and outcomes. We believe that our science curriculum should link strongly to our curriculum goal of developing the ‘whole child’ and as such we ensure that pupils have many opportunities for outdoor learning linked to science. Cross-curricular links are also deliberately made between our science lessons and the ‘50 things to do before you're 11 and ¾’. The curriculum is planned to be practical and interactive; ensuring we make good use of the equipment and laboratories based in our secondary school. Specific links are regularly made to our reading and writing curriculums, ensuring pupils have the opportunities to transfer skills and knowledge between these subjects. In addition, we contextualise out science curriculum in the ‘real world’ by introducing pupils to scientific careers and the people that work in them.
The journey of a scientist at Ark Academy:
By the end of EYFS, most pupils will be able to explore the natural world around them, making observations and drawing pictures of animals and plants. They will also know some similarities and differences between the natural world around them and contrasting environments, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class. They should also understand some important processes and changes in the natural world around them, including the seasons and changing states of matter.
By the end of KS1, most pupils will start to observe the world around them more closely and begin to question what they notice. They will develop their understanding of scientific vocabulary and use this to observe and then talk about changes that they can observe. Pupils will be able to carry out simple comparative tests and use scientific language to explain what they have done and seen. Most learning will be completed through the use of first-hand practical experiences with the appropriate use of secondary resources such as books, photographs and videos.
By the end of KS2, pupils are encouraged to develop a deeper understanding of a wider range of scientific ideas. They will start asking their own scientific questions, developing their own ideas for investigations and be able to discuss their findings both verbally and written down. Pupils will able to develop an inquiry independently to answer a question and record their findings in a structured, scientific way. Pupils will be able to use and understand a wide variety of scientific vocabulary taught throughout the primary phase.
Each summer term we have a ‘STEM week’ dedicated to science and engineering. The aim of STEM week is to instil a love of science in the pupils. Each year group is given a specific theme to focus on. Some are themes that link closely to subjects learnt in science lessons throughout the year and others focus more on the wider subject of science and outdoor learning. Year 1’s focus is ‘dinosaurs’; year 2’s is ‘food’; year 3’s is ‘outdoor learning’; year 4s focus on ‘medicines and potions’ which links to the chemistry and modern and ancient medicine; year 5’s theme is ‘engineering’ and year 6 study ‘space’. The themes were chosen to broaden pupils’ knowledge and exposure to the wider scientific field. During this week there are a lot of opportunities for trips, workshops and other experiences. For example, year 1 visit the British Museum; year 2 take part in cooking sessions as well as grow their own food; year 3 visit parks and woodlands; year 4 have sessions in the secondary school laboratory conducting a range of practical enquiries; year 5 attend engineering workshops and year 6 visit the Science Museum.