Intent

At Hempland, we strive to deliver an exciting and ‘hands-on’ Science curriculum which provides opportunities for awe and wonder whilst preparing children for an increasingly scientific and technological world. We encourage knowledgeable and curious young scientists who are keen to ask questions, and explore and investigate the world around them.

How Science links with our school values

Children develop respect for others through collaborative working and listening to the views and ideas of others.  Through learning about scientists and scientific discoveries, we foster a respect for the achievements of others and the world that we live in.
Children have the opportunity to learn Science through a fun, hands on curriculum which is enhanced through extra-curricular STEM clubs and STEM weeks.  In addition, we work with STEM professionals through the STEM Ambassador programme.
We aim to instill a lifelong love of the subject within all of our pupils and inspire the children to pursue a career in Science. We aim to prepare all children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world by developing their skills for learning, life and work in the future.
When carrying out experiments, children are encouraged to “have a go” and are taught the skills and resilience to do so. They then adapt and try again to achieve a better outcome.  “I have not failed; I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas Edison.

Implementation

  • We follow the National Curriculum programmes of study for KS1 and KS2 and Development Matters for EYFS which ensures consistency and progression across all key stages within the strands of Science.
  • The curriculum is taught in the following strands: biology, chemistry and physics.
  • Working scientifically is at the heart of the science curriculum. Children learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions. In every year group children will use the 5 types of scientific enquiry which include: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing and researching using secondary sources.
  • ‘Hands on’ practical lessons encourage children to develop their scientific skills.
  • Each classroom has a science display with vocabulary and key questions and knowledge.
  • Scientific language is taught and built upon as topics are revisited in different year groups and across key stages.
  • Trips and visits from experts enhance the learning experience throughout school.
  • Children visit Forest school and our local environment to learn about nature and to explore the natural environment.

Impact

  • Children will become independent and curious scientists who ask questions and discover things for themselves.
  • Children will have a positive experience of Science, so that they will develop a deep and lasting interest and may be motivated to study science further.
  • Children will make good progress in their knowledge and understanding of Science.