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Intent

At FPPF we value Science. Science changes lives and is vital to the world’s future. Science is a fascinating and exciting topic that should inspire children’s curiosity about natural phenomena in the world around us and humankind's impact on this. We seek to motivate pupils to ask questions, develop a passion for exploring ideas and a desire to investigate. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts they try to solve challenging problems and learn from their mistakes, self-reflecting to improve their understanding.  They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes and through this develop their teamwork, collaboration and respect for the world.

“Science is simply the word we use to describe a method to organize our curiosity.” Tim Minchin

 

Characteristics

- SC1: The ability to think independently and raise questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and the skills that it brings,

- SC2: Confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in, for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations,

- SC3: Excellent scientific knowledge and understanding which is demonstrated in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings,

- SC4: High levels of originality, imagination or innovation in the application of skills,  

- SC5: The ability to undertake practical work in a variety of contexts, including in the outdoor environment,

- SC6: A passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies.

 

Curriculum Overview & Big Questions

We use Big Questions to test how accurately the children acquire the key sticky knowledge and/or skills appropriate to the topic. These questions are answered in a variety of ways, through verbal responses, to written tasks to more creative work.

Children understand the question at the start of the topic so they can link their learning to the bigger picture.

Curriculum Sticky Knowledge

Sticky Knowledge is the key knowledge that we have chosen for the children to know after each topic. This knowledge is built upon, brought back into the working memory or recapped (retention & retrieval work) through the subsequent topics, years and even through different subjects. The aim is to retain this key knowledge by making a change to the child's long term memory.

Within all subjects, the expanse of knowledge is vast. We have chosen the key sticky knowledge that we feel would benefit the children through their KS2 journey and to help them understand and enjoy the subject area ready for KS3.

 

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Knowledge Organisers

 

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Celebrating and Enriching

 

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