Science is an integral part of the curriculum and as one of the core subjects; Carlton gives the teaching and learning of science the prominence it requires. All year groups use the National Curriculum to provide a structure and skill development for the science curriculum being taught across the school.
We consider the curriculum to be one, which is based on the development of subject specific skills, knowledge and through strong emphasis on the use of key vocabulary. The curriculum we offer is not only progressive in terms of the skills but also in developing a strong understanding of chronology. Through the well thought out curriculum, our children are able to make connections with previous learning. Our aim is to provide our children with an engaging, exciting and empowering curriculum that equips them for today and tomorrow.
Here at Carlton Junior and Infant School the curriculum is designed to: recognise children’s prior learning, provide first hand learning experiences, allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers
Our science teaching offers opportunities for children to develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific topics covered. Following the teaching of the specific scientific curriculum areas (biology, chemistry and physics) children will be equipped to use the scientific knowledge to understand the importance of science to their everyday lives, today and for the future. Children are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Through the use of open questions, we aim to create an environment of inquisitiveness and exploration. Lessons will develop children’s knowledge and understanding of different types of enquiry (observation over time, identifying and classifying, pattern seeking, research, comparative and fair testing). Children will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding in a systematic, scientific way, such as: diagrams, graphs, charts and where appropriate using media.
The teaching of science at Carlton aims to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity. We do this through the high expectations we hold and through the enriching opportunities, the children have the chance to take part in, such as: science week, forest school and outdoor learning opportunities and specialised field trips.