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Witton Middle School



Science Curriculum




Witton's Outstanding Curriculum Aims Wittons's Science Curriculum
Is broad, balanced and has clear
progression in subject knowledge and skills.
Pupils will experience increasing challenge as they move through the school, and will be delivered a balance between subject knowledge and scientific enquiry skills.
Is committed to ALL learners achieving the
best they can achieve through high quality
teaching, learning and assessment.
Science is a popular subject at Witton. We are lucky to benefit from extensive grounds and well-equipped and staffed labs. Pupils enjoy the enquiry-based, hands-on nature of science, and their engagement enables pupils to be supported and challenged particularly effectively.
Promotes learners’ engagement in learning through enquiry led approaches involving exploration, risk taking,
discovery and speculation.
Enquiry is at the heart of good science and questions and experimentation are encouraged from the children. They find out for themselves, ask questions and attempt to answer them.
Is filled with rich first-hand purposeful experiences. Children love to experiment (and so to teachers), however experiments can only form part of what we do in science. We need to learn from our experiments, communicate our findings and acquire new understanding and knowledge before experimenting again. This cycle is shown below.
Is underpinned by aims, values and
purposes (PRIDE).
Perseverance: pupils are encouraged to persevere with experiments and communication, sometimes in the face of significant set-backs. What went wrong? Why did this happen? What could I do differently next time? What further questions do I have as a result of this experiment?

Responsibility: as in other subjects, pupils share the responsibility for their learning. Rather than be taught subject knowledge, children engage with the subject and raise and solve their own questions.

Independence: children are increasingly expected, as they move through the school, to be more independent in finding and choosing the equipment they need and designing their own experiments.

Determination: if they are to be successfully challenged, children must sometimes be exposed to demanding situations, where they must show determination if they are to succeed.

Empathy: pupils often work as a pair or a small group and in order to do this well they must have empathy for those they work with. Team work, listening and sharing ideas are all an important part of learning in science.