Science at Priestley
Raising Aspiration, Realising Ambition, Stimulating Curiosity.
Our aim is to provide our children with an engaging, exciting and empowering science curriculum that develops curiosity and love for discovering how the world around us works and equips them for both today and tomorrow. The science curriculum is designed to: recognise children’s prior learning, provide first-hand learning experiences, allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, such as cooperation and sharing great ideas, build resilience through staying focused and taking responsibility and become aspirational, creative, critical thinkers by thinking things through and giving it a go. Throughout the science curriculum we reflect on our Priestley Values in order to learn like Spikey, to promote positive attitudes to science learning which reflect the values and skills needed to promote responsibility for learning, respect for others and future success.
Placing learning at the heart of everything we do.
We use the Cornerstones Primary Curriculum to teach science using a topic-based approach. By the end of the children’s primary education, they will be able to:
• plan and carry out scientific investigations both individually and as a group.
• make predictions backed up by their own scientific understanding.
• use a wide range of equipment to make accurate measurements.
• use their observations and knowledge to answer scientific questions.
• develop a respect for the materials and equipment they handle with regard to their own and other children’s safety.
• use a range of methods to communicate scientific information and present it in a systematic, scientific manner, including ICT, diagrams, graphs and charts.
Priestley and Proud
The impact of the school’s curriculum will be constantly evaluated as we place learning at the heart of everything we do.
We use a variety of strategies to evaluate the knowledge, skills and understanding that our children have gained in each unit:
• CPD to ensure that teacher pedagogy and assessment is secure.
• regular feedback, marking and pupil voice feedback.
• subject monitoring, including book looks & planning peeks.
• regular low stakes knowledge assessments, using a range of creative approaches.