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Redesigning the Science curriculum

We are currently working on redesigning our science curriculum.

We are following the National Curriculum but adapting and developing it. Our purpose is to implement a curriculum that increases children’s science capital by choosing contexts that are relevant to them, their experiences and the learning opportunities that we can access in our local area.

We are organising the learning sequences to ensure that they build upon each other and enable children to make links with prior knowledge when learning new concepts. Children will revisit and reinforce prior learning through regular retrieval activities. 

Our intention is that children move on ready for secondary school science with a curiosity and wonder about the world. They ask questions and know that they have the potential for finding out answers to them.

At Oldmixon, we follow the National Curriculum for science and believe that scientific investigation is one of the most powerful ways to learn, challenging children to express and modify their ideas, and fostering curiosity and perseverance. We believe that all children can be scientists by following their own natural curiosity.

A scientist observes, questions, creates hypotheses, experiments, records data, and then analyses that data. Throughout their school journey, the children make progress in these skills, empowering them to question the world around them and become scientific thinkers.

Science and Engineering are rapidly growing and important industries in the modern world. Even if children do not become scientists or engineers they will grow up in a world that requires scientific literacy and critical thinking skills in order to make informed decisions about the challenges of living on our planet.

We aim to make our science lessons as practical as possible based on the children’s questions and interests and using contexts that have meaning for them.

Science lessons are not just limited to the classroom. We use the school grounds, visitors and trips and visits to maximise children’s learning experiences and make their learning memorable for them.

Exploring and enjoying science with your child at home

Learning about the world through science activities helps children to see that science is 'for' them and can lead on to science based further education and employment in the future.

These websites have some super investigations to try at home with your child. Not only will you be supporting their learning, you will have lots of fun too. Please let us know about anything that you do try at home.

 

The Kitchen Pantry Scientist

https://kitchenpantryscientist.com

 

Experimental, from the Royal Institute

https://www.rigb.org/families/experimental

 

Royal Society of Chemistry – kitchen chemistry

https://edu.rsc.org/resources/collections/kitchen-chemistry#!cmpid=CMP00000908

 

 

 

Techniquest

Year 4 visited Techniquest to enhance their science learning this term. It was great fun exploring the activities but it also gave the children the opportunity to reflect on their knowledge and make connections within new contexts.

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