Alma Park’s Science curriculum begins in EYFS. This foundation in Science is based on scientific exploration of the world around them, such as hands-on investigation of the outside environment. Children in EYFS also have the opportunity to develop their language and communication through asking and answering questions, make observations and comparisons based on their explorations and learn important self-care and healthy choice skills. The National Curriculum provides the skill and knowledge progression foundations that are then built on to provide a purposeful progression of knowledge, skills and vocabulary. This ensures that the National Curriculum end points are met.
Our pupils are given a breadth of experience to develop their understanding of themselves as individuals within their community and also as members of a wider global community and as inquisitive scientists. Pupils build on their knowledge and skills in different areas of Science, such as biology, chemistry, physics and working scientifically. This ensures they can use scientific knowledge and skills to support learning across the entire curriculum, confidently making links and enquires and devising suitable ways to discover answers and solutions.
The Science curriculum gives pupils life skills to enable them to become critical thinkers and reflective workers in a world where changes and developments in science, impact every-day lives. Alma Park follows the National Curriculum. This provides opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding of the different scientific strands, work scientifically and ensures progression. By teaching Science in discrete lessons and with purposeful links to other curriculum areas, pupils develop resilience, problem solving, observational and critical thinking skills. As a UNICEF Rights Respecting School, Science is delivered in a safe and inspiring environment which nurtures children’s talents, allowing them to thrive so that when they leave Alma Park they are responsible, active citizens. Science at Alma Park promotes and encourages sustainability in various ways including: sharing of resources and equipment and discussions around sustainability and recycling. Diversity is embraced by giving opportunities to study a range of important people in scientific history. Activities, resources and experiments are adapted when necessary to ensure SEND and disadvantaged pupils can access all aspects of the same curriculum.
At Alma Park we are always looking for opportunities to develop our curriculum and this involves seeking enrichment activities for our pupils using local community links.