Science and foundation subjects at Manor are taught through creative and thematic approach to learning topics that is mapped to the 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our curriculum is delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning. Recording of learning for each subject is done in separate books so that we can track standards being achieved and progress being made in all subjects effectively as well ensuring coverage of each subject is broad and balanced.
We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our curriculum provides lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.
Our curriculum also provides a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs
In Science, we use a variety of teaching and learning styles in science lessons, such as research, investigation, exploration, collaborative work and individual work.
Our main aim is to develop pupils’ scientific skills, knowledge and understanding through challenging, motivating activities that extend the pupils learning. This can be through whole-class teaching, small group work, paired work or independent learning.
Through our science teaching we develop two types of understanding:
Procedural Understanding – in which scientific skills and concepts are combined to form an overall learning strategy. Children learn to carry out investigations in order to find answers to problems set in everyday life and scientific contexts.
Programme of Study (POS) 1 – Experimental and Investigative Science – describes this type of understanding.
Conceptual Understanding – in which scientific knowledge is developed through a series of ideas and concepts.
This describes Programmes of Study: 2 - Life and Living Processes; 3 – Materials and their Properties; 4 – Physical Processes.
Through Science we aim to: