At All Saints Academy, Denstone our vision is to engage the natural curiosity of our pupils, to ignite a passion for exploring and discovering the world around them with confidence, so that they have a deeper understanding of the world we live in.
We believe in a hands-on approach to science with exciting practical, explorative and investigative lessons at the heart of our curriculum.
Through this type of learning, we aim to foster a thirst for knowledge and confident life-long learners.
Science Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement
Science Statement of Intent
At All Saints we recognise the role of science in every aspect of daily life and its importance as a core National Curriculum subject. We ensure statutory guidelines are incorporated through our programmes of study, where key skills and subject knowledge are built upon as children progress through the school. The importance of developing an enquiring mind in science is central in our approach: we encourage children to apply their knowledge of scientific concepts through practical investigation, asking questions and developing curiosity of the world around them.
Science Statement of Implementation
Early Years Foundation Stage
In the Foundation Stage, children are taught Science through the key area of learning set out within the EYFS Statutory Framework.
Through a broad range of teacher-led, child-initiated and continuous learning opportunities, children will be taught to:
Use their senses to investigate a range of objects and materials
Find out about, identify and observe the different features of living things, objects and worldly events
Look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change
Ask questions about why things happen and why things work
Develop their communication and co-operation skills
Talk about their findings, sometimes recording them *Identify and find out about features of the place they live and in the natural world around them
Key Stage 1 and Lower Key Stage 2
In Key Stage 1 and Lower Key Stage 2 Science is planned by our Science Specialist, ensuring programmes of study and development of skills are consistent. Science is taught every week for 2 hours with additional sessions being taught where and when possible. Opportunities for guided, independent and group sessions are provided.
Science topics are planned in a sequential order, building on prior knowledge and skills development. By including problem solving opportunities we encourage children to become more confident, creative and resilient scientists. Cross-curricular opportunities for learning are incorporated into planning where links to broader and current scientific learning are also made, such as plastic pollution in Literacy lessons, using ‘real life’ science through a guided reading project.
Celebrating National and Regional events such as British Science week, the RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch, ‘30 Days Wild’ with the Wildlife Trusts, World Turtle Day and membership of a Galapagos tortoise club, helps promote the exciting world of science outside the classroom.
Science statement of Impact
Our approach to science at All Saints ensures we have an engaging, fun, interactive and high-quality science education that provides children with the skills and confidence to understand the world around them. Our children demonstrate a sense of care and responsibility for our changing environment and understand ways in which we may begin to lead a more sustainable life. They have a love for science both inside and outside the classroom.
All children will have:
A wider variety of skills linked to both scientific knowledge and understanding, and scientific enquiry/investigative skills
A richer vocabulary which will enable them to articulate their understanding of taught concepts
Confidence and a keen interest for scientific learning
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SUAT supports and leads in the set-up of new academies joining the partnership. The services provided by the central support function cover both educational and non-educational support. In terms of educational support, SUAT is linked to the School of Education of Staffordshire University, which is an outstanding ITT provider.