Science at Woodvale Primary Academy:
We believe that our pupils deserve to benefit from a strong foundational knowledge of all three aspects of the Science curriculum: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Our vision is to develop the natural curiosity of the child, encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence. We want our pupils to strive to achieve their goals and by offering a well-rounded Science curriculum we want to nurture tomorrow’s scientists.
At Woodvale, we intend to provide a high-quality science education that provides the children with the foundations they need to recognise the importance of science in every aspect of daily life. We want our pupils to be able to use the knowledge and skills they gain in Science to confidently talk about ‘what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes’ (National Curriculum 2014) and then use these skills in the wider world.
By providing the children with a well-rounded and interesting Science curriculum that promotes increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world and developing skills associated with science as a process of enquiry, the children will be encouraged to apply their knowledge and skills in different areas of the curriculum and to always be inquisitive.
In our school, we believe that our children deserve a curriculum that is rooted in rich learning experiences that develop knowledge and skills. These scientific learning experiences will hook the children’s interest, enabling them to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They will be encouraged to ask questions about the world around them and work scientifically to further their conceptual understanding and scientific knowledge. Pupils will be immersed in key scientific vocabulary, which supports the acquisition of scientific knowledge and understanding.
We recognise that for our pupils to aspire to strive academically and in the wider areas of their lives, they need to be given rich and sustained opportunities to develop their cultural capital. Using the National Curriculum alongside the Cornerstones Science Curriculum, which offers the children lots of opportunity for hands-on practical experiences as well as offering valuable cross-curricular links, we have designed a curriculum which places our school values at its heart.