Subject Leader: Mrs V Nordberg
The Curriculum at Holme upon Spalding Moor Primary School
The Intent, implementation and Impact of our Curriculum – of Science
At HOSM school, we understand the growing significance of science and engineering in our modern world. Regardless of whether children grow up to pursue careers in science or engineering industries, we firmly believe that by providing an environment centred around the wonder of STEM, learning experiences will enhance their scientific literacy, build science capital and improve critical thinking skills. The children should be taught that their scientific learning journey is one which involves asking questions and making mistakes and that this allows them to make real and valuable connections with the world around them.
At school this year, we will raise and maintain the profile of this subject so that the children develop a life-long passion for science; adopt vital, transferable skills; and are given opportunities to achieve through a curriculum that is accessible to all. We believe that by following their own natural curiosity, all children can be scientists, and through our exciting and engaging curriculum and learning environment, we can help them to be confident scientific thinkers.
In order to achieve our aims, we will:
- Make sure the subject leader closely monitors the quality of teaching and learning within the school.
- Provide staff with opportunities for CPD in order to develop their subject knowledge and build their own science capital.
- Ensure there are well-organised and varied resources for use in practical investigations.
- Allow adequate lesson time for discussion and practical-based teaching and learning.
- Make the best use of outdoor learning opportunities in and around the school environment.
- Provide children with high quality child-led practical learning experiences, which enable them to make meaningful links both within the classroom and the outside world.
- Encourage scientific discussions, thereby fostering critical thinking skills, scientific literacy and building science capital.
- Nurture and develop children’s curiosity and excitement towards science by encouraging them to think creatively about ‘big questions’.
- Ensure all children have access to an engaging curriculum, where science links to many areas of their learning.
- Begin to break down perceptions about what science is, what scientists do and who scientists are.