At Peninsula East Primary Academy, our aim is to provide every child with a science curriculum that encourages curiosity, creativity, enthusiasm and independent thinking, which is delivered through the Primary Years Programme (PYP). All children will have the opportunity to develop specific scientific skills and knowledge through the delivery of well-planned and resourced lessons. Furthermore, children will have the opportunity to expand their IB learner profiles through their scientific opportunities, allowing an appreciation and awareness of the world from a scientific point of view, and a developing understanding of the responsibility that we have regarding our impact on the world.
Our scientists have the following characteristics:
- *We are THINKERS: We extend and expand our knowledge.
- *We are RISK-TAKERS: It is inspiring, fun and engaging.
- *We are COMMUNICATORS: We work collaboratively.
- *We are KNOWLEDGEABLE: We use scientific vocabulary.
- *We are OPEN-MINDED: It is meaningful and real.
At Peninsula East, our teaching of science begins in the Early Years Foundation State within the Understanding of the World area of learning. Throughout the school, all staff embed a positive attitude towards science learning within the classrooms, and continually remind all children of the high standards that they are capable of achieving. Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of science involves:
*Children are encouraged to ask questions and solve problems through creativity, resourcefulness and resilience, through pupil led inquiries within the PYP.
*Teachers plan engaging lessons within the six transdisciplinary themes (where possible), aided by high-quality resources.
*Teachers continually assess and build upon the previous learning that children have, ensuring that the National Curriculum is embedded. As children grow through school, and their knowledge, understanding and scientific skills develop, we continue to promote the importance of their own independence.
*Precise and targeted questioning in class allows teachers to continually assess the conceptual knowledge and skills of all children, and therefore identify any gaps within the curriculum that can then be addressed.
*Working Scientifically skills are embedded into all lessons, with teachers demonstrating how to use these, to ensure there is an embedded understanding. Where possible, learning will include opportunities to access the outdoors environment, and teachers will make best use of the scientific equipment available.
High quality teaching responds to the needs of children. Teachers use both formative and summative assessment to quickly identify misconceptions, whilst using an assessment grid (the foundation skills assessment) is used to formally record an overview of progress of each child. Through using a range of assessment tools, differentiation is facilitated by teachers, to ensure that each pupil can access the Science curriculum.
At Peninsula East Primary Academy, teachers’ use a range of assessment techniques and feedback during learning time to allow all children, regardless of their need or background, to achieve their full potential. As a team, the breadth and depth of science knowledge and pupils’ skill development is embedded for all children through the extensive curriculum coverage that is offered at PEPA.
Gaining an enhanced knowledge and understanding of the impact science has on our lives globally and will have the skills to think and behave like scientists and engineers. We aim for all children to be active learners, who are open-minded, reflective thinkers and are globally aware.