Science at Eastway
At Eastway, we aim for our science curriculum to be:
- Well Designed and Delivered, fulfilling the requirements of the National Curriculum. We Lay the foundations needed for successful learning through the robust delivery of our Easter Matters Early Years Curriculum which is tailored to pupil's needs
- Knowledge-Rich so that children build deep scientific knowledge that they return to and build upon as they move through school
- Closing the Gap: we carefully check children have the prior learning they need to be successful in a lesson and take action to support them fill any gaps they may have. We also check how well they are acquiring new knowledge in the lesson to adapt the lesson to their needs and provide additional support or challenge for children who need so that all children achieve our ambitious learning focus.
- Develop the skills of working scientifically and use this to apply the knowledge they have learned in meaningful investigations
- Bring Learning to Life as children have real-life experiences of science in their world
- Develop children as active, independent learners who are Ready, Respectful, Responsible
- Love learning about science!
● Prior learning check (with planned activity for those who cannot recall
● Activities to evoke explorative learning and enquiry
● Formative assessment used to adapt lesson (for whole class or groups)
● Activities to show what they have learned
In these lessons, you should see:
● Quality resources to support Scientific Enquiry and Core Knowledge
● Explicit links being made between previous and new learning (e.g. in Year 3
when we learned about rocks… In Year 6 how does that link to evolution?)
● Children referring back to previous learning in their Science book
● Scientific vocabulary taught and used correctly by children (this
may be displayed on a working wall or knowledge overview)
● Children completing relevant parts of knowledge overview as part of the
● Children sitting in mixed attainment groups to share knowledge and vocabulary
● Quality learning outside the classroom opportunities linked to Science enquiry in school and on educational visits
● Working scientifically skills explicitly taught once children have a good knowledge of the unit content
● Opportunities to ask and research questions
● Adaptations to the lesson that responds to children's needs, either giving support if htey are struggling or additonal challenge if they are ready for it.
● Lots of practical exploration/investigation maybe recorded with pictures, labels,
QR codes. The teacher/child should include what the child has learned.