We structure our Science curriculum using the Hampshire learning journeys to help ensure coverage of the National Curriculum and key knowledge, which is built upon in logical and progressive steps. In Key Stage 1, Science learning journeys are planned in alignment with the Geography/ History being taught to engage children fully with the learning and make links between subjects. In Key Stage 2, the Science learning journeys are taught more discretely so children have a clear understanding of what Science is and key skills needed to develop themselves as Scientists.
To help assess prior learning and identify misconceptions, teachers use a ‘Discovery Task’ at the start of each learning journey. This is usually in the form of a question, alongside a visual stimuli, which children answer independently to begin with before collaborating with peers to try and arise at a suitable answer. This allows teachers to see what key knowledge and vocabulary children already know as well as identify misconceptions which children may have around a particular topic and allows for a learning journey planned for a particular cohorts prior knowledge.
Through carefully planned lessons, children will continue to develop their understanding of key scientific concepts through a range of different activities and tasks. Learning journeys have problem solving investigations embedded throughout to allow children to question and test key concepts, whilst developing their scientific thinking. Children are encouraged to work collaboratively during these investigations to predict, plan and draw conclusions, all whilst sharing their own ideas and opinions.
Throughout all learning journeys within the year, Working Scientifically skills are embedded to ensure these skills are continually being developed throughout their time at Broughton Primary School. These skills are continually revisited throughout the year and built upon as children progress through the school. By the end of Year 6, children have a sound understanding of how to conduct a accurate, valid investigation to prove a scientific concept.