Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School
Discover new ideas, facts and knowledge, through scientific enquiry, investigation and exploration.
Respect the work that has been done by Scientists before us, to help us to understand the world.
Enthusiasm for Science, through engaging lessons, exciting investigations and motiviating enquiries, linked to children's experiences and understanding, and using stimulating ideas and resources.
Aspire to be world leading Scientists and recognise how Science is the building blocks of the world around us, leading us into a better future.
Make a difference to the world around us, using Scientific breakthroughs and developments to improve the lives of every living thing on the planet.
The Corpus Christi Science Curriculum follows the National Curriculum. Our DREAM approach allows the children to learn the key areas of the curriculum in engaging and purposeful ways, continuing for the search for new knowledge, with one eye on the future of our world and their future choices.
Our Science enquiries are taught using Developing Experts, a programme designed to support our DREAM curriculum by developing an age-appropriate understanding of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of Science, through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Understanding ‘The Bigger Scientific Picture’ of their learning, and how it is used by people in different jobs and areas of the world, will allow our children to develop their own understanding of the impact of Science upon the world around them – comprehending that this has implications both today and in the future and considering their own future in the world of Science.
The DREAM curriculum promotes children’s natural curiosity and excitement of Science with a rich variety of experiences and observations, tailored to the meet the needs of our learners. As children progress through school, they will become more proficient in different types of scientific enquiry, applying their growing knowledge to work scientifically through our knowledge-enabled approach. With rich links to reading and employment in Scientific industries, science capital can be developed while promoting positive attitudes Science, thus influencing aspirations for future study and employment.
Teachers create a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in science.
Science is taught in planned and arranged topic blocks by the class teacher, designed to enable the achievement of a greater depth of knowledge.
Through our planning, we involve problem solving opportunities that allow children to find out for themselves. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers. This curiosity is celebrated within the classroom. Planning involves teachers creating engaging lessons, often involving high-quality resources to aid understanding of conceptual knowledge. Teachers use precise questioning in class to test conceptual knowledge and skills and assess children regularly to identify those children with gaps in learning, so that all children keep up.
We build upon the learning and skill development of the previous years. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases, and they become more proficient in selecting, using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results, they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence.
Working Scientifically skills are embedded into lessons to ensure these skills are being developed throughout the children’s school career and new vocabulary and challenging concepts are introduced through direct teaching. This is developed through the years, in-keeping with the topics.
Teachers demonstrate how to use scientific equipment, and the various Working Scientifically skills in order to embed scientific understanding. Teachers find opportunities to develop children’s understanding of their surroundings by accessing outdoor learning and workshops with experts.
Children are offered a wide range of extra-curricular activities, visits, trips and visitors to complement and broaden the curriculum. These are purposeful and link with the knowledge being taught in class.
Regular events, such as Science Week or project days, such as Space week, having guest speakers who will inspire pupils, allow all pupils to come off-timetable, to provide broader provision and the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills. These events often involve families and the wider community.
You can find copies of our Science Subject Policy and Handbooks below. The handbooks contain information about our long term plans and progression.