At Abingdon Primary School, we encourage children to be inquisitive throughout their time at the school and beyond. Our Science curriculum fosters a healthy curiosity about our universe and promotes respect for the living and non-living. We believe science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes.
Throughout the programmes of study, the children will acquire and develop the key knowledge that has been identified within each unit and across each year group, as well as the application of scientific skills. We ensure that the Working Scientifically skills are built-on and developed throughout children’s time at the school.
At Abingdon, we cover the objectives set out in the Programmes of Study in the National Curriculum. Lessons at Abingdon Primary School include reviews of previously taught skills, knowledge and vocabulary and we promote an importance of an investigative approach through regular ‘hands on’ experiences, deepening their children’s familiarity with the five types of enquiry:
- Observation over time
- Pattern seeking
- Identifying, classifying and grouping
- Comparative and fair testing
- Research using secondary sources
We teach science weekly through the scheme Plymouth Science. Our Early Years team deliver science through focus sessions and indoor/outdoor provision – using EYFS objectives linked to Understanding the World. Science is a subject specific lesson and where appropriate, cross-curricular links are made. These lessons build upon previously taught knowledge, skills and vocabulary.