At St Francis we are committed to providing all children with an exciting and relevant science curriculum. This fosters a strong sense of questioning, acceptance and understanding of findings through hands on investigative work. Aiding learners to be ‘encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of awe and wonder and scientific thinking’ (Programmes of study key stage 1 & 2.) throughout the school.We believe in the power of outdoor learning therefore, the children take part in science within the local environment, in house workshops with experts within the field of science. Trips include the Science Museum, Natural History, Godstone Farm, Horniman Museum, Kew Gardens and The Royal Observatory-Greenwich.

Science in The Foundation Stage is planned through Understanding of the World section of the Early Years and Foundation Stage Framework. This allows children to take note and compare their environment, people, places and animals.

We follow the Connect Collins ‘Snap Science’ scheme of work for Year 1-6. It is a scheme which is designed to follow the new science curriculum which is intended to give children ‘ A high quality of science education provides the foundations for understanding the world.’  Teachers can also use other schemes of work as necessary.

Policy for Science

At St. Francis our main objective is to foster in children a love of Science. We want our children to be naturally curious about the world around them.

We wish to develop awareness of Science in everyday life. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. We believe it is essential to develop concern for the environment.

Our curriculum has been developed by staff to ensure full coverage of the National Curriculum and reflect its status as a core subject.

Our Science curriculum is rich and varied as we believe all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of Science, included the related scientific vocabulary.

At St Francis we aim:

  • To develop an interest and pleasure in science.
  • To develop an enquiring mind and a scientific approach to solving problems.
  • To raise awareness of the importance of science in our technological age.
  • To develop concern for the environment.

Each key stage has two lessons of Science a week. Lessons ensure that the Scientific Skills are taught explicitly alongside the Scientific Knowledge for each topic.

  • Experimental and Investigative
  • Life and Living Processes
  • Materials and their Properties
  • Physical Processes
  • Animals including Humans

Planning for Science is a process in which all teachers ensure full coverage of The 2014 National Curriculum programmes of study for Science and Understanding of the World (Development Matters) in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Teachers use the Kent Scheme of Work and supplement it from other sources, such as Hamilton Trust.

All age ranges and abilities take part in scientific activity, the children, where appropriate, handle the materials. The value of this first-hand sensory experience is encouraged. Learning in Science is conducted in a spirit of enquiry, where ideas are valued and where there is opportunity for practical investigation.

Throughout our school, children are encouraged to develop and use a range of scientific skills including observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing, researching using secondary sources, collecting, analysing and presenting data, questioning, carrying out and setting up investigations.  We promote and celebrate these skills on regular basis as we believe these are the living roots of Science.

Scientific language is taught and built upon as topics are revisited in different year groups and across key stages.

Lessons are planned to challenge pupils based on the children’s different needs and abilities.  Teachers emphasise the importance of an outstanding presentation of work in line with other core subject and promote varied ways of recording Science. Science is celebrated in the classrooms and around the school through the use of displays. We are committed to providing a stimulating, engaging and challenging learning environment.

We maintain a high level of subject knowledge of science in our school by regular training and professional development.

We rigorously and regularly monitor our school’s provision of Science in line with our Science policy and in line with other core subjects, to ensure that the quality of our provision is good or better.

In addition to our weekly classroom provision, we provide our children with wider opportunities in Science. This includes a participating in National Science week, where Science is taught cross-curricularly all week around the set theme and after school clubs such as gardening club.

Though our Science curriculum, we aim to inspire our pupils, so they enjoy it and are enthusiastic about Science. The impact and measure of this is to ensure children acquire a wider variety of skills linked to both scientific knowledge and understanding, and scientific enquiry/investigative skills. A richer vocabulary will enable them to articulate their understanding of taught concepts. Our aim also is to instil in our pupils high aspirations, which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life.

Our intended impact is that:

  • It is intended that when pupils leave St Francis they will have met the attainment targets in the Science programme of study.
  • There is a clear progression of children’s work and teachers’ expectations in our school.
  • Children’s work shows a range of topics and evidence of the curriculum coverage for all science topics.
  • Children will become increasingly independent in Science, selecting their own tools and materials, completing pupil led investigations and choosing their own strategies for recording.
  • Standards in Science at the end of the key stages are in line or better than national expectations.