Intent, Implementation and Impact of our Curriculum – Science

At St Wilfrid’s Catholic Academy we believe that a high quality Science education provides
the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology,
chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future
prosperity. All pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods,
processes and uses of Science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge
and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation
and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be
encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict
how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Science in our school is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable
them to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation, as well as through
using and applying process skills. The staff at St Wilfrid’s Catholic Academy ensure that all
children are exposed to high quality teaching and learning experiences, which allow children
to explore their outdoor environment and locality, thus developing their scientific enquiry
and investigative skills. They are immersed in scientific vocabulary, which aids children’s
knowledge and understanding not only of the topic they are studying, but of the world
around them. We intend to provide all children, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class,
aptitude or disability, with a broad and balanced science curriculum.

In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in science, we implement a curriculum
that is progressive throughout the whole school.
Planning for science is a process in which all teachers are involved to ensure that the school
gives full coverage of, ‘The National Curriculum programmes of study for Science 2014’ and,
‘Understanding of the World’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Science teaching St
Wilfrid’s Catholic Academy involves adapting and extending the curriculum to match all
pupils’ needs. Teachers plan to suit their children’s interests, current events, their own
teaching style, the use of any support staff and the resources available.
We ensure that all children are provided with rich learning experiences that aim to:
– Prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world
today and in the future
– Help our children acquire a growing understanding of the nature, processes and
methods of scientific ideas
– Help develop and extend our children’s scientific concept of their world
– Build on our children’s natural curiosity and developing a scientific approach to
– Encouraging open-mindedness, self-assessment, perseverance and developing the
skills of investigation – including: observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising,
experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating
– Develop the use of scientific language, recording and techniques
– Make links between science and other subjects
At St Wilfrid’s Catholic Academy, we aspire to promote children’s independence and for all
children to take responsibility in their own learning. Tasks enable the children to articulate
scientific concepts clearly and precisely, assisting them in making their thinking clear, both
to themselves and others.

The impact and measure of this is to ensure children not only acquire the appropriate age
related knowledge linked to the science curriculum, but also skills which equip them to
progress from their starting points, and within their everyday lives.
All children will have:

– A wider variety of skills linked to both scientific knowledge and understanding and
scientific enquiry/investigative skills.
– A richer vocabulary which will enable to articulate their understanding of taught
– High aspirations, which will see them through to further study, work and a successful
adult life.