Science at Abingdon
Subject leader: Miss Charlotte Walton
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
At Abingdon, we teach weekly science lessons across the school. Our Early Years team deliver science through focus sessions and indoor/outdoor provision – using EYFS objectives. Science is a subject specific lesson and where appropriate cross-curricular links are made. These lessons build upon previously taught knowledge, skills and vocabulary.
At Abingdon, we provide a science curriculum that engages our children so that they are intrigued and motivated by science and that they take the love of science into the next stage of their education and throughout their lives.