Science

Science Curriculum Information

Science Progression of Skills

Welcome to Overdale’s Science page, which gives you a chance to look at all the amazing Scientific knowledge our children have. Take at look at how we are raising the profile of science across our school.

Science teaches an understanding of natural phenomena through the disciplines of chemistry, physics and biology. It aims to stimulate a child’s curiosity by 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 in which science will affect the future on a personal, national, and global level.

Strengths of the curriculum:

Teachers and leaders focus on the deliverery of Science lessons that develop the pupil’s curiosity in science investigation and knowledge.

  • Teachers give sufficient weekly curriculum time to science.
  • Professional development for subject leaders  is given three times a year
  • Pupils are inspired by the opportunities to work independently and develop their own scientific ideas.
  • Regular visitors are invited into the school to show how science links with the world around us.
  • Pupils are given the opportunity to develop skills in science enquiry at our link secondary school.

Areas for development:

  • Embed skills and techniques that are required for greater depth so that the pupils are developing skills in a structured way.
  • Embed science skills for pupils in Year6 and Year2 so that all pupils have the opportunity to develop scientific thinking and encourage them to be inquisitive about the world.
  • To ensure that pupils build on their scientific knowledge through the five science enquiry elements.
  • To lead colleagues to be confident practitioners of science enquiry.
  • To analyse the data from Early Years and KS1 to ensure the pupils are developing independent skills as well as the ability to design their own investigations and take measurements from an early age.

Intended actions:

  • Subject leader to attend CPD on mastery science. As a result all staff will have access to skills and techniques that are required for greater depth
  • Subject leader to provide a science club for Year 6 and Year 2 so that all pupils have the opportunity to meet national standards in science at the end of KS1 and KS2
  • Subject leader to monitor that all Class teachers are teaching the five types of science enquiry to ensure that all pupils are taught a balance of knowledge and understanding and practical science.
  • Subject leader to arrange science enquiry CPD for all years to ensure that all staff are aware of strategic actions that would improve their teaching

Subject leader to analyse PPMs and monitor how attainment compares with other subjects and the national average.