Our Lady Queen of Heaven Science Curriculum
At Our Lady Queen of Heaven, we believe in a curriculum that underpins and promotes
the school’s culture and aims -
a curriculum for the whole child.
“A good school provides a rounded education for the whole person.
And a good Catholic school, over and above this, should help all its students to become saints….” Pope Benedict XVI, 2010
At Our Lady Queen of Heaven, our school’s curriculum stems from our Mission Statement:
“We are inspired, strengthened and encouraged by our Catholic faith.
We place Jesus at the centre of everything we do and say, listening to Him with our hearts.
We spread love everywhere we go, valuing and caring for each other.
We strive to be the best learners we can, using and celebrating our God given gifts.”
“For he who is mighty has done great things for me, and Holy is his name” Luke 1: 49
At Our Lady Queen of Heaven, our definition of progress in Science is the widening and deepening of essential knowledge, skills, understanding and learning behaviours.
Through practical activities, learners are able to develop their investigative skills and as a result this encourages them to have a desire to find out about the world around them. At Our Lady’s, we plan opportunities for our learners to develop their scientific knowledge through carefully planned exciting Science opportunities. Science sessions are taught both discretely and where possible are cross-curricular so that links to embed previous learning and deepen understanding are planned in.
Supporting learners to develop an understanding of the process and methods of Science by providing a range of Scientific enquiries, investigations and questions to help them explore the world around them. We hope to develop and nurture our learner’s curiosity by following their questions and interests to hopefully develop a love, passion and appreciation for Science.
For Key Stage One, the focus is to enable pupils to experience and observe the world around them. Following on from their time in Early Years Foundation Stage learners need time to deepen prior learning and engage in first hand experiences and begin to use simple scientific language. During their time in Lower Key Stage Two, the emphasis is all around learners having opportunities to broaden their Scientific view of the world around them. Learners are encouraged to talk, test and make links. During their time in Lower Key Stage Two learners are encouraged to speak about their findings and later write about what they have found. Finally, in Upper Key Stage Two, the main focus is to allow learner time to deepen and develop their understating of a range of Scientific ideas. Learners are encouraged to select the most appropriate way to answer and record their Scientific findings.
Our intention throughout school is to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions, including observing changes over a period of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative tests, and finding things out using secondary sources of information. During their time at Our Lady’s, we aim to equip learners with the knowledge required to use and implement Science today, tomorrow and for their futures.
National Curriculum aims:
The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils: