Our approach to Science

Intent of curriculum:

Our school vision ‘Ready, Respectful, Safe’, demonstrates our goal, which is, to strive for every pupil to be ready to learn, fulfil their potential, develop resilience, work in partnership with each other, be a responsible citizen, have value and respect each other. The personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a significant part in children’s ability to learn and achieve, which is why at Poplar we weave this through school life and our curriculum. We foster the ideals of our pupils having their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive, caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of the cultures.

 At Poplar, through Science we encourage children to develop the knowledge and skills they need to be inquisitive throughout their time at the school and beyond. The Science curriculum fosters a healthy curiosity and enthusiasm in children about our universe and promotes respect for the living and non-living. We also aim to develop resilience through practical explorations. We believe Science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. Throughout the programmes of study, the children will acquire and develop the key knowledge and vocabulary that has been identified within each unit and across each year group, as well as the application of scientific skills. Our aim is for pupils to be articulate in the use of scientific vocabulary. We ensure that the ‘Working Scientifically’ skills are built-on and developed throughout the children’s time at school, so that they can apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently, and continue to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings.