SCIENCE Curriculum Statement
At Harefield Primary School, we deliver the Science curriculum, following the National Curriculum.
Our Science curriculum’s intention is to foster the joy of discovery in our children, develop a natural curiosity for the World, a deep respect for living things and the environment, and to develop their scientific knowledge and skills to prepare them for both the next stage of their education the changing world.
We tailor and put greater emphasis on specific themes, in response to our pupils needs For example:
- The children at Harefield have very low mobility, this means that children’s knowledge and experiences of the world around them is limited. We therefore, have ensured that our children have multiple hands on and practical experiences of science.
- We also ensured the plants and animals we were asking the children to recognise were those they would be able to find locally and might experience in their day to day life or, for the more exotic animals, in local zoos and aquariums.
Our whole curriculum is comprehensibly planned and clearly sequenced and Science follows this consistent design, effectively adapting and developing to meet the needs of ALL pupils, including those with Special Educational Needs and/ or Disabilities and those that are disadvantaged.
Our Science curriculum is taught by the class teacher, who will first revisit prior learning. We return to previous learning, in order for pupils to retrieve knowledge from their long-term memory and build on this, with the introduction of new knowledge. This is through an approach of clear modelling and scaffolding of new concepts. The pupils will then practise applying this knowledge in a group or individual task and have opportunities to deepen their understanding with reasoning and explanation.
We use key CONCEPTS that are thread through our Science curriculum, from Yr R to Yr 6, in order to build on prior learning and support pupils making strong links in their knowledge, from previous learning.