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Science

We have created an ambitious and engaging curriculum which allows all children to become passionate and confident scientists. Leaders have planned a curriculum sequenced from the beginning of early years through to clearly defined endpoints at the end of Key Stage 2. During the design phase, leaders consulted widely with Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 colleagues to ensure that the curriculum prepared students well for Year 7 and beyond.

As our pupils grow up in an increasingly technologically and scientifically advanced world, we recognise the importance that Science provides for today and our future, and continually strive to maintain a high profile for the subject within our academy and community.
Our desire to enthuse and inspire pupils to develop a life-long love of science and raise their STEM related career aspirations is embedded in our engaging Science curriculum.

Careful consideration given to building knowledge (schema theory) and sequencing (making links over time and between themes) guarantees that children have the opportunity to build rich and detailed knowledge.

To help students and teachers with this, we use our ‘Big Ideas’ as ‘golden threads’.

The ‘Big Ideas’ for science are:

  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • 5 Enquiry Skills
  • Key Scientists
  • Working Scientifically

There are two key elements which underpin our progressive Science curriculum within the subject disciplines of Physics, Chemistry and Biology:

  • Scientific Knowledge and Conceptual Understanding (which is referred to as substantive knowledge);
  • Working Scientifically Skills (which is referred to as disciplinary knowledge).

By learning both the knowledge and skills, our pupils will not only know ‘the science’, they also understand the evidence for it and can use this knowledge to work scientifically.

Working scientifically objectives are described separately in the progression planning document, but are always taught through and clearly relate to the teaching of the substantive science knowledge.

Each Science topic builds on previous learning and concepts are revisited to further develop pupils’ understanding and build knowledge over time. New knowledge is broken down into meaningful steps and introduced sequentially with connections being made between topics. Pupil’s learning is directed towards specifically identified end points and opportunities to systematically assess, revisit and assimilate learning into pupils’ long-term memory are planned for using SOAPs and low stake quizzing.

Pupils develop the scientific attitudes of curiosity, cooperation, creativity, sensitivity to living things and critical reflection through the ‘Understanding the World’ area of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and these form the foundations of their scientific enquiry skills.

The 5 types of enquiry skills which are observing over time, pattern seeking, identifying and classifying, comparative and fair test and research are at the heart of every science session, where pupils work scientifically by asking questions, observing, measuring, planning, researching, recording, presenting and evaluating to answer key focus questions, giving a real meaning and purpose to their learning.

Our curriculum has a high emphasis on the precise use of language and vocabulary (relating to both the substantive knowledge and working scientifically). This is progressive and built upon year on year.

The work of key scientists which reflect cultural and gender diversity and defy stereotypes are researched within each Science topic. As a result, pupils make valuable links with their own learning and that of key scientists, and truly believe that they all are scientists today, and in the future.

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Our curriculum is enriched by our commitment to provide pupils with real life, hands-on learning enrichment opportunities to build cultural capital and open up the STEM world of work to raise pupil’s career aspirations.

Hazlehurst Primary Academy is a member of Northern Education Trust The Northern Education Trust includes a diverse range of schools across the North of England.

All of our inspected academies are rated GOOD or OUTSTANDING by ofsted.

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