At Hemlington Hall Academy, our children are provided the foundations for understanding the world through engaging, purposeful activities to develop and secure knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through verbal, practical and written tasks, children develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena and are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
The primary intent for our Science curriculum:
- At Hemlington Hall we follow the Science National Curriculum.
- Children to know that science is a core subject – focussing on learning about how things work – including living things
- Understand that ‘working scientifically’ is at the heart of science– and what kinds of simple investigations we can use. Dual objective planning ensures that skills and knowledge and delivered side by side.
- Understand that scientific knowledge is usually factual, not an opinion
- The curriculum covers most concepts twice across the key stages to assure depth of knowledge
- Know the key knowledge identified in each unit, so that they have a firm knowledge base by the end of primary school.
Things to celebrate about Science at Hemlington Hall Academy are:
1. Science Week – All children are very involved in hands on ‘working scientifically’ lessons.
2. Vocabulary – Staff use high quality scientific vocabulary with children and expect children to use it in return. The vocabulary is displayed and flashcards included in vocabulary bags which also recap on past year group vocabulary.
3. Staff CPD – Approaches to teaching/planning/assessment ensure consistency across year groups, ensure expectations are high and children are taught in a progressive way.
4. Thinking, Talking, Doing Science – As a school we acted as a control group for a project called Thinking, Talking, Doing Science. Now staff have received training, resources and support to deliver the programme.
5. Pupil voice – The children in our school really enjoy science, especially when it is hands on, investigative science work. Children enjoy seeing their work displayed and enjoy competitions.
6. Making Connections – Children engage with a huge range of people and projects locally and nationally to boost and improve their Science understanding and application. This has included: Explorify, BBC Terrific Scientific, STEM Learning Centre, King’s Academy, Middlesbrough College, Teesside University, Rolls Royce, Malham Tarn Fieldwork Centre, Phil Watkins, Edina Trust Grant, Edina Trust Bulb Project, Bright Ideas Time, Thinking, Doing, Talking Science, and The Great Science Share.
7. Networking – Staff work alongside other Science Coordinators from within the trust and also from the North East and reflect on school practice.