At The Rissington school we want children to develop the skills to be naturally curious about the World. They should be equipped with the essential aspects of knowledge, methods, processes and uses of Science in the World around them and a respect for the natural World.
Here at The Rissington School we understand the importance of Science as a core curriculum subject and lesson are planned weekly. We use the National Curriculum Programmes of study to plan lessons which mostly fit into our school’s creative units of work, with sometimes discrete Science units if a fit is not appropriate.
Children also have access to enrichment opportunities. The annual Science competition and inter cluster final, Forest Leaning for Reception and Year 1 and Ogden Trust cluster workshops. We also 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 hope is to ensure 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.
Children start their Science journey in pre-school or Reception, where they 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 a clear progression of content and skills which build on previous learning and teachers know what their class has covered in previous years so they can move their learning forward, this is especially important in our split year group classes. Lessons are planned with scientific skills at the forefront of the children’s learning experience, which helps to embed the content and vocabulary being taught.
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 site receive the same Science provision.
Lessons are taught weekly and are often linked to the topic being taught.