Along with English and Maths, Science remains one of the main core subjects in primary school. It can be one of the most exciting and practical subjects and, as a result, is a real joy for teachers and pupils! Here at Oughterside Foundation School we aim to foster our pupils curiosity and give them the opportunity to explore their own ideas.
Through teaching Science, we aim to provide our pupils with the foundations to understand the world around them.
At Oughterside, Science is about enabling our pupils to experience and observe phenomena in the natural and man-made world. They are encouraged to be curious, ask questions about what they observe and should be helped to understand scientific ideas by using different types of enquiry to answer their own questions.
Early Years Foundation Stage :
Exploration is vital to learning Science and in the EYFS at Oughterside Science should be a practical experience.
EYFS Assessment and evidence gathering:
The Specific Area of Understanding the World in the Early Years Foundation Stage contains the Science objectives which should be covered. Pupils should be learning scientific knowledge and vocabulary and ‘working scientifically’ appropriate to their developmental age. Evidence will be kept in several places: Tapestry, displays and work books.
Year One to Year 6 Science Curriculum:
Year One – Year 6 follow the National Curriculum. Our planning is developed with "Curriculum with Unity Schools Partnership"
All years should plan six practical investigations per year (one per half term) in which children build on practical skills.
Evidence of work will be in children’s Science books. Specific evidence of working toward, expected and greater depth should also be stored within our tracking on Scholar Pack.
All year groups have a Pre/Post Knowledge questions which correspond to the units taught. These tests should be used at the beginning and end of a unit of work to show progress. Knowledge notes and organisers are used as a visual aid for learners and as a way of highlighting and reinforcing the key vocabulary required in Science.
Scholar Pack records skill progression in each year group.
Achieving Greater Depth in Science:
Children are given the opportunity to show their knowledge and skills at this level each half term. The children are given materials and some criteria but then are allowed to work independently. Teachers should look for scientific skills and language being used at a level greater than expected. Feedback and next steps can be given.
This academic year (2023-2024) we have decided to work on achieving our Primary Science Quality Mark. This is a year long program that focuses on developing effective, confident science leadership for whole school impact on science teaching and learning.
As Science lead, Miss Warwick will be working with other staff, all of our pupils, parents and governors to continue to develop the teaching and learning of the science curriculum at Oughterside School.
Watch out for updates regarding our official PSQM launch is January 2024!
Here are some photographs to showcase some of the learning in Science across school this year.
Science Long Term Overview
Science Progression Documents
Oughterside Foundation School Science and Understanding the World Policy
This Policy has recently been updated to reflect updates and is under review.