Possibility, Enrichment, Emotional Awareness, Community
Science at Battle Hill enables all children to develop a deep understanding of the world around them and their place in it. Our teaching prepares children for an ever-changing world by broadening aspirations and nurturing their natural curiosity, while developing life-long skills. Our Science curriculum is inclusive and challenges pervasive stereotypes about gender and STEM.
We do this through:
- Building on knowledge and understanding
- Contextual teaching – science careers and real world context is used to broaden aspirations and showcase the relevance of Science to all
- Practical work and application of knowledge – to enhance learning and prepare children with the skills they need to support future education and careers
- Close work with NUSTEM, developing scientist of the future
- Use of the Primary Career Tool (PCT) to broaden children’s knowledge of careers in STEM
- An enjoyable, creative and child centred approach
Staff receive regular opportunities for teacher training and development, and access to Battle Hill Science forums within school.
Principles of Science Education at Battle Hill
Our science curriculum structure is designed using retrieval practice, allowing children to revisit topics regularly.
Some topics introduced early to give the children prior knowledge in order acquire and construct build schemas.
Learning can be extended to the next phase, however:
- Learners must be secure in phase level understanding
- It must be done so through practical exploration
- It might be contextually relevant e.g. if there is an interesting scientific breakthrough / natural phenomenon, share it with the class.
- Learning should incorporate knowledge from the previous year
The Science Curriculum at Battle Hill Primary allows children to
- Think independently and raise questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and skills that brings
- Work with confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations
- Develop scientific knowledge and understanding and then demonstrate this in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings
- Use originality, imagination and innovation in the application of skills
- Opportunities to undertake practical work in a variety of contexts, including fieldwork
- Develop a passion for Science and other STEM subjects and its application in past, present and future technologies
Our children have broadened aspirations and challenge pervasive stereotypes about gender in Science and other STEM subjects.
Click the image below to see our Science Progression Map