Our high quality science curriculum at Hartburn provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. All pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science and understand how science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s prosperity. Our programme of study creates an inquiry based, practical style of learning that allows children to develop curiosity, resilience and the independence to be successful in life and to be locally and globally responsible citizens.
Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. Pupils are given many opportunities for ‘working scientifically’ which is embedded within the content of lessons, focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry which include:
- observing over time;
- pattern seeking;
- classifying and grouping;
- comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations);
- and researching using secondary sources.
Pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes.
Our programme of study describes a sequence of knowledge and concepts. At Hartburn, we have high expectations; while it is important that pupils make progress, it is also vitally important that they develop a secure understanding of each key block of knowledge and concept in order to progress to the next stage. Superficial understanding will not lead to genuine progression, particularly at key points of transition.
Our curriculum aims to ensure that all children make excellent progress. Knowledge organisers are provided to ensure that key concepts are available as a resource to the children to help them retain information. Cognitive memory is routinely embedded using DART (Dedicated Active Recall Time) which allows children to regularly review what they know in the form of ‘low stake’ tests and quizzes.
Pupils at Hartburn can describe associated processes and key characteristics in common language (tier 2 vocabulary). In addition, they can also understand and use technical terminology (tier 3 vocabulary) accurately and precisely; they build up an extended and specialist vocabulary. They also apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science including collecting, presenting and analysing data. By the end of each key stage, pupils know, apply and understand matters, skills and processes specified by the National Curriculum; a real love of scientific curiosity and enquiry is fostered in all pupils which ensures they are ready for the next stage of education at secondary school.