Science at Waverley Academy
At Waverley Academy, we use the Primary Knowledge Curriculum (PKC) to guide our teaching of science.
The PKC Science curriculum aims to equip children with the foundations for understanding the world through a scientific lens. Children will be taught units of work that cover and go beyond the requirements of the National Curriculum in the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. They will encounter people
who have made significant contributions to the field of science over time, understanding that science has been a quest for understanding for many years, and will continue to be so in the future. The children at Waverley will build a body of key foundational science knowledge as they work through the curriculum, asking questions and
developing a sense of curiosity about the world around us.
Following the PKC Science curriculum will give children an introduction to fascinating content such as the inner workings of the human body, animals and the environments they live in, plants and their features, forces in nature, what lies beyond the visible and what lies beyond the planet we live on.
The children will be encouraged to use the knowledge they learn in Science and apply it to investigations that test a theory or set out to answer a question. Importantly, substantive scientific knowledge is taught first, before children are asked to undertake enquiry. This helps them to fully understand the elements of the enquiry first, and to make informed observations about the processes they see. Gathering information, recording data, graphing data and interpreting findings are all essential skills that children will apply to new contexts as they work through the curriculum.
Children will gain an understanding of the purpose and uses of science both today and in the future.
Throughout the science curriculum, children are taught that scientific discoveries have been made since time began around the world. Importantly in Science, over time, children learn about scientists and their search for the truth.
Our science curriculum builds knowledge incrementally. Children have multiple opportunities to secure and build on their knowledge and understanding as subject content is revisited at points throughout the curriculum. This helps children to master the knowledge and concepts whilst building up an extended specialist vocabulary. This incremental approach helps teachers to identify knowledge gaps and look back at previous content if they need to close gaps in knowledge or understanding. Our curriculum enables children to understand the important role that science plays in the sustainability of life on earth. We want children following this curriculum to be equipped to go forth into their secondary education with curiosity, passion and a desire for discovery.
Please find below our Long Term plan for Science;
Please find below our Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement;