Science at Burpham
At Burpham, we follow the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Science.
The key aims of the curriculum are to
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
The focus for every topic is building on a child's prior knowledge and giving children, where ever possible, a hands on, practical experience of the science in action.
Working scientifically skills are key to helping children develop their scientific understanding. In September 2021, we started working with Tom Holloway from the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). He has been supporting teachers to introduce a common language for working scientifically skills across the school. He has also helped teachers by advising on how to provide opportunities for children to work scientifically within lessons. In November 2021, we began the process to underpin our planning and teaching of Science with the Primary Science Curriculum Progression document put together by PSTT Fellow Claire Loizos and the PLAN Progression and Knowledge Matrices. This has given teachers a clear focus for each topic area and a detailed map of knowledge and skill progression across the school.
Below is our curriculum map showing topics by Year group.
Supporting your child with Science
Children love finding out about the world around them and how things work.
Encourage your child to ask questions and work together to find out the answers. Often, research and experimenting leads to even more questions - this is great!
10 top tips to help your child at home with science can be found on the website naeye. https://www.naeyc.org/our-work/families/support-science-learning
Other useful websites:
MetLink - Royal Meterological Society https://www.metlink.org/experiments/
Tig Tag Science https://www.tigtagworld.com/
Primary Science Teaching Trust https://pstt.org.uk/
Science is Fun https://www.sciencefun.org/kidszone/experiments/