At Nova Primary, we believe science learning should allow our children to ask and find the answers to key scientific questions whilst developing their scientific vocabulary, knowledge and skills. Children learn how to observe changes and make links to the world around them through knowledge centred learning and hands on investigations.
Learning is planned carefully to build and extend knowledge from previous years, with topics often being revisited in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. In the Early Years Foundation Stage science can be seen through the way children learn about the world around them. We strive to provide our children with an enriched science capital. We work closely with STEM to show our children the opportunities they may have for employment in the future. From this exposure to a range of scientific opportunities, our aim is for all children to feel that they are scientists and capable of achieving.
Our science curriculum ensures children master core content through the development of key concepts and timely revisiting of key knowledge. Our curriculum is sequenced with knowledge selected to allow for gradual development of vertical concepts and to provide firm foundations for KS3 and KS4. We encourage children to apply and make connections between the disciplines of science, the wider curriculum and the wider world.
We want the children at Nova to have curiosity and excitement about science whilst also seeing themselves reflected in the science curriculum through present-day role models and the contributions of a wide range of scientists. Our curriculum allows children to make deliberate and explicit links to other curriculum areas - particularly geography and mathematics - whilst practising their 'working scientifically' skills.