“The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he's one who asks the right questions.”
Claude Levi Strauss
At Stanley Primary School, our Science curriculum teaches all cultivate an open mindedness to
the suggestions of others and encourages children to ask and answer questions in order to help
them understand and process the world around them and prepares them with the critical skills for
adapting to living and working in our ever-changing society. It promotes a sense of awe and
wonder and nurtures children’s natural curiosity. Our main purpose is to encourage children to use
the 5 different types of enquiry as a vehicle for exploring age-appropriate scientific content and
making sense of substantive knowledge, abstract concepts and phenomena linked to Biology,
Chemistry and Physics
Stanley Primary School use the National Curriculum objectives as the foundation for planning and
take lesson ideas and resources from a range of reputable websites, schemes and associations
such as White Rose Science, Association of Science Education (ASE) and STEM. Lessons are
taught on a weekly basis and most units are repeated and revisited within different year groups in
order to build upon knowledge and therefore commit it to long term memory though knowledge
retrieval activities. We assess and record progress after each unit and log this on itrack.
Scientific enquiry skills are the common thread running through every single science topic across
all year groups and a study of famous scientists along with their impact upon the world is included
during our annual Science Day. The main aim of the Science Day each year is to increase and
raise the profile of science around school.
These skills develop pupils’ ability to answer questions for themselves and enable them to
communicate their findings using scientific vocabulary.
The intended impact of our Stanley science curriculum is that children:
? demonstrate a love of science work and an interest in further study and work in this field
? retain knowledge that is pertinent to Science with a real-life context.
? be able to question ideas and reflect on knowledge.
? be able to articulate their understanding of scientific concepts and be able to reason
scientifically using rich language linked to science.
? work collaboratively and practically to investigate and experiment.