Science at Hartley
We follow the national curriculum for science and also use the Rising Stars Switched On Science materials on LGFL site to deliver the science curriculum at Harley. All pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes.
Scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding
Pupils are taught to be able to describe associated processes and key characteristics in common language, as well as develop and use technical terminology accurately and precisely. They learn to apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data. Through different contexts in the wider curriculum, teachers maximise pupils’ engagement and motivation to understand the social and economic implications of science.
‘Working scientifically’ specifies the understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science for each year group. It is embedded within the context of the different topics in the national curriculum, focusing on key features of scientific enquiry, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions.
In order to continuously support pupils’ development in articulating scientific concepts clearly and precisely they are exposed to a variety of scientific vocabulary through teacher modelling and are supported in deepening their understanding by asking questions and using discussions to probe and remedy their misconceptions.
Science Curriculum Overview