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There is a whole school approach to planning and assessment, based on the National Curriculum 2014 and organised using Equals scheme of work ( A specially adapted scheme for children with additional needs). We believe science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. Through the Programmes of Study in the Science National Curriculum 2014, children will acquire and develop these skills throughout their time at Rowan Park School.

 

We believe that science promotes communication in a specific and precise language involving mathematical and logical thinking. It allows children to develop ways of finding out for themselves and gives them practice in problem solving.

 

In science, pupils are encouraged to be open-minded and to try and make sense of what they see and find out.

EYFS

We teach Science in the Reception class as an integral part of the topic work covered during the year. As the reception class is part of the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum, we relate the scientific aspects of the children’s work to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals (ELGs), which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged three to five. Science makes a significant contribution to the objective in the ELGs of developing a child’s knowledge and understanding of the world, e.g. through investigating what floats and what sinks when placed in water. 

Primary

Science teaches an understanding of natural phenomena. It aims to stimulate a child’s curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do. It teaches methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative thought. Children learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way science will affect their future on a personal, national, and global level. We make use of photographic  assessments which form part of pupil profile evidence in primary. At the end of each topic, each child’s achievement is recorded using B squared online assessment tool, with evidence collected and collated in pupil progress folders.

Secondary

The Science curriculum offers a personalised curriculum in which pupils learn, progress and achieve.  Our aim is to provide pupils with learning opportunities where they can build on skills and generalise scientific skills across a wide range of topics and in different settings, supporting their transition to adult life. We make use of photographic  assessments which form part of pupil profile evidence or accreditation evidence in KS3. At the end of each topic, each child’s achievement is recorded using B squared online assessment tool, with evidence collected and collated in pupil progress folders. Assessment is through ASDAN modules.

Science in KS3

14-19 Department

The Science curriculum offers a personalised curriculum in which pupils learn, progress and achieve.  Our aim is to provide pupils with learning opportunities where they can build on skills and generalise scientific skills across a wide range of topics and in different settings, supporting their transition to adult life. We make use of photographic  assessments which form part of pupil profile evidence or accreditation evidence in KS4 and KS5. At the end of each topic, each child’s achievement is recorded using B squared online assessment tool, with evidence collected and collated in pupil progress folders. Assessment is through ASDAN and Work Right modules. 

Science in 14-19 Dept.

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