At Dean Field Community Primary School, we believe it is important for our pupils to have a strong understanding of the world around them through stimulating and engaging lessons. Our young scientists will acquire life-long enquiry science skills, in order to explore and understand the world they live in, alongside the vast knowledge of the disciplines of biology, physics and chemistry. They will also develop an understanding of the vital role that major scientific ideas and scientists have played in society. In doing so, all our children, regardless of their starting points, will be fully prepared for their next stage of science education, and beyond.
Science at Dean Field is taught discretely, with a focus on substantive knowledge-rich content and the development of essential disciplinary knowledge. The curriculum is full adhered to the National Curriculum programmes of study and Early Years Foundation Stage framework with the focus of a knowledge-rich content. Science is taught throughout both key stages with some topics being revisited in later year groups to enhance their understanding. Within these topics, scientific enquiry skills are embedded to help children retain the information, increase their understanding and build on their prior knowledge they already have. Children are encouraged to become independent learners through the use of skills such as, observing, investigating and questioning when exploring scientific based problems.
We believe it is important for our pupils to have a strong understanding of the world around them through stimulating and engaging lessons. We encourage the children to work scientifically whilst using a range of specific skills to deepen their understanding of the science curriculum. Our curriculum encourages children to be curious about the natural phenomena and to be excited by the process of understanding the world around them.
As a school, we provide the children with a scientific vocabulary sheet at the beginning of each topic to introduce them to the key vocabulary they will need to understand. We also plan engaging lessons, trips and visits to encourage challenge and progression for the children. Our science curriculum is planned to ensure the children have a love for science whilst making good or better progress. This is monitored through half termly assessments, target tracker, science days and pupil interviews, which reflects our aim to achieve well in science.