Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science. – Edwin Powell Hubble
At St. Francis our vision is to give children a Science curriculum which enables them to explore and discover the world around them, so that they have a deeper understanding of the world we live in. To achieve this it involves exciting, practical hands on experiences that encourage curiosity and questioning. Our aim is that these stimulating and challenging experiences help children secure and extend their scientific knowledge and vocabulary. We believe that these opportunities will ensure that our children are confident, life- long learners who will explore the world around them. Opportunities need to extend to all pupils in order to nurture a love of discovery through rich experiences both inside and outside of school.
Children build on prior knowledge and link ideas together, enabling them to question and every lesson starts with a flashback in which they review their learning. This helps children to retrieve what they have learnt in the earlier sequence of the programme of study, and ensures that new knowledge is taught in the context of previous learning to promote a shift in long term memory. Then at the end of each topic they have a low stakes retrieval quiz, where key knowledge is reviewed by the children and rigorously checked by the teacher and consolidated as necessary.
Progression of Knowledge, Vocabulary and Skills
These documents contain the key knowledge, vocabulary and skills for the teaching of Science from Year 1 to Year 6, ensuring progression of core scientific concepts throughout the primary programme of study. These are drawn from the National Curriculum for Science.
Our Knowledge Organisers
These contain the knowledge the children need to know. In school they are regularly quizzed on them and below are also some quizzes to do at home.