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The Rissington School
Aspire - Belong - Challenge

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At The Rissington school we have an aspirational science curriculum, where children develop the skills to be naturally curious about the world. They are equipped with the essential aspects of knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science in the world around them and we foster a respect for the natural world.

At The Rissington School we understand the importance of science as a core curriculum subject and challenging focused science lessons are planned weekly. Science is taught for 2hrs in KS2 and 1.5 hours in KS1. We use the National Curriculum to plan challenging lessons, that fit into our school’s creative units of work, with sometimes discrete science units if a fit is not appropriate.

Children start their science journey in pre-school or Reception (whichever is their starting point). Teachers use the EYFS curriculum 2021 to inform their planning and children are encouraged through the implementation of the Characteristics of Essential Learning to foster their natural curiosity about the world around them through play and exploration.

As children progress through KS1 onto KS2 we have clear progression of content and skills that build on previous learning for each of the scientific disciplines of chemistry, biology and physics. We offer a two year rolling program to cater for the spilt year groups and make sure learning is progressive and key skills are revisited and embedded. Teachers use a variety of elicitation strategies at the beginning of lessons to find out what they have learnt and remember so children can move their learning forward and misconception can be addressed. Teachers know what their class has covered in previous years, this is especially important in our split year group classes. We are developing strengthening teachers subject knowledge in science, through working walks, book scrutiny and training during staff meeting sessions.

Lessons are planned with scientific skills, such as making predictions and asking questions at the forefront of the children’s learning experience; to embed the content and scientific vocabulary being taught.eg understanding the terms opaque or sedimentary and naming the structure of a flower. Children are encouraged to talk as scientist. Through scientific investigations children are able to explore, raise questions and become independent learners without the fear of failure. We have ambition for all, including children with poor reading skills, English as an Additional Language and Pupil Premium.

We are unique at The Rissington School because we are a split site school. While we embrace the differences this might bring we also are clear that children at both sites belong to one school and receive the same science provision.

All children have access to enrichment opportunities these include:  the annual Science competition and inter cluster final; Forest Leaning for Reception and Year 1 and Ogden Trust cluster workshops. We provide enhanced learning opportunities during Science or STEM week. Many of our class trips are Science based for example, visit to Oxford Botanical Gardens and West Midlands Safari park.

Our aim is that the Science curriculum we provide will give children the confidence and motivation to continue to further develop their skills into the next stage of their education and life experiences.

Supporting Documents: 

2 Year Science Rolling Programme

Progression Map for Science

Example Scientific Vocabulary 

Example Knowledge Organiser


National Curriculum Science Programmes of Study

Early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework - GOV.UK