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Summerlea CP School Growing thoughtful learners and independent thinkers

Implementation

Our classroom learning environments are consistent in having the Science key vision and principles clearly displayed alongside key facts and vocabulary, this is further explained to increase the children’s understanding and is changed whenever a new topic takes place. At the beginning of a topic, concept maps with key questions to establish a platform to build upon are completed. This is then reviewed at the end of the topic to show a progression in learning.

It is vital for children to acquire key scientific knowledge and vocabulary progression of skills through each unit. Each lesson has a clear focus. Scientific knowledge and enquiry skills are developed with increasing depth and challenge as children move through the year groups with the opportunity to answer, discuss and address any misconceptions. Children will complete investigations and hands-on activities while gaining the scientific knowledge for each unit. There is also the opportunity to regularly review and evaluate children's understanding. Throughout the school activities and investigations are effectively differentiated, with appropriate adult support in place so that all children have an appropriate level of support and challenge.