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Working Scientifically Skills Progression
This document is subject to change as we continue to work as a school on curriculum development.
Recent research shows us that:
Science is a core subject and therefore provision should be equally as strong and frequent as literacy and maths. (Ofsted, 2019). There is currently an attainment gap in science at every stage: it is apparent at the end of KS1 and gets wider through primary and secondary education with the gap growing particularly strongly between the ages of 5-7. Strongest factor affecting pupils science is their literacy skills (difficulties understanding vocabulary in particular). There is strong evidence that the ability to reason scientifically – by having sound ‘working scientifically’ skills – is a strong predictor of later success in science. Pupils should therefore have ample opportunity to design and carry out their own experiments and investigations (EEF, 2019).
Developing working scientifically skills at Hindhayes: There are three aims in the primary science curriculum to ensure that all pupils:
At Hindhayes, we have developed ‘Super Science Skills’ to support the children to understand the different ways to work scientifically. These are shared with the children in science lessons – and other relevant topics – so that they become familiar with the set of skills they are developing.
Evidence for working scientifically is collected in a range of ways including EYFS Observations, Forest School observations, Topic Books and Floorbooks.
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