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Science at St Finian's-intent implementation impact

Our science curriculum at St. Finian's aims to challenge, inspire and promote the development of skills across the curriculum. Children are encouraged to ask questions about the world around them and develop conceptual knowledge and understanding through different topics such as the human body, light, rocks and soils and many more.  We give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires.  Children are encouraged to work scientifically throughout their time at St. Finian's in an age-appropriate way that progresses as children move through the school. Children may work scientifically by developing their own scientific enquiries or making comparisons and links with their own experiences and observations. This encourages children to develop their growth mindset skills and abilities. 

Science is taught in planned topic blocks by the class teacher. Our strategy is to enable all children to be catered for through adapted planning and scaffolded to their abilities.  Children are constantly exposed and immersed in key scientific vocabulary, increasing student’s knowledge and understanding of not only the specific matter they are currently studying, but of the world they live in.  Teachers demonstrate how to use scientific equipment, and the various Working Scientifically skills in order to embed scientific understanding. Teachers find opportunities to develop children’s understanding of their surroundings by accessing outdoor learning.  Through enrichment days, such as ‘Science week’, we promote the profile of Science and allow time for the children to explore scientific topics. As well as following the curriculum, children are encouraged to explore science in the real world. We have made links with businesses such as Bayer, AWE and Action for the River Kennet to bring science alive and encourage children to make links with their scientific understanding and the real world.

The successful approach to the teaching of science results in a fun, engaging, high quality science education, that provides children with the foundations for understanding the world that they can take with them once they complete their primary education and develops the use of scientific language and vocabulary, recording and techniques.

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