Science

At Bradshaw, we believe that science is a gateway to the world around us. Our curriculum is designed to ignite children’s curiosity, foster a love of learning, and help them become more aware of the world they live in. Through science, children can discover what the world is about, find out how things work, and realize the true wonder of our world.

Our pupils develop a strong balance of both disciplinary and substantive knowledge, equipping them with the skills needed to develop a secure understanding of scientific concepts. By developing a toolbox of scientific skills that are transferable throughout the primary curriculum, children are well prepared for their journey onto secondary education.

Our lessons include exploration and investigation, giving children the chance to experiment and explain their reasoning. Scientific skill and terminology are at the heart of our science curriculum, progressing in line with the National Curriculum to produce young scientists who are ready for the STEM-based approach of local secondary schools. Pupils and staff enjoy science lessons due to our investigative, hands-on approach. We believe that all pupils are able to succeed in science, and through an inclusive curriculum, all children can achieve.

The science journey for pupils at Bradshaw begins in preschool and runs right through to Year 6. We use Developing Experts to support teachers in engaging pupils with interactive content. Our curriculum is developed through the main themes from the National Curriculum and broken down into small steps with concepts and clear outcomes that are progressive. With focused vocabulary to support teaching and learning, pupils are able to explain, describe, and justify reasoning and problem-solving skills in a range of guided, independent, and group activities. Cultural capital forms a large part of our science curriculum offer at Bradshaw. We give pupils real-world applications to the themes we teach so that they can see how science is relevant to their lives.

Our typical science lesson begins with an Explorify stimulus around a theme, where pupils engage in positive science talk. As part of this, they observe, remember, and make links with concepts while enhancing their curiosity and ability to share their current knowledge with others. A recap of prior learning in the form of ‘Lift off’ follows, allowing pupils to share their knowledge from previous lessons within the theme. Pupils then discuss key related vocabulary in the form of ‘rocket words’ before embarking on the main focus of the lesson using a range of strategies to engage and support sequential learning. To demonstrate their knowledge, pupils participate in a ‘mission assignment’ where they work in a range of ways to develop a secure understanding of the concept being taught. Pupils then summarize their learning through the ‘mission quiz master’ task.

Assessment

Assessment is an ongoing process in science lessons at Bradshaw. Pupils and staff regularly assess disciplinary knowledge in the form of ‘I am a Year x Scientist,’ ensuring that scientific skills are developed throughout the year across a range of lessons. At the end of lessons, ‘mission quiz master’ tasks are used to identify pupils’ understanding at the end of a session, enabling staff to plan next steps on this basis. At the end of each unit, quizzes are used to check knowledge in the form of pupils aiming to be ‘Einstein’s Experts’.

SEND

At Bradshaw, we believe that science is an interactive and practical subject that enables all pupils to access learning in a range of ways. Our curriculum is designed to break down scientific concepts into small, manageable steps that are differentiated in areas of need, ensuring that all pupils can access science at all levels. We have identified key stepping stones throughout the themes to ensure that pupils can achieve and make accelerated progress throughout their journey at Bradshaw.

Science Curriculum MapSEND support in Science 

Homework – Pupils in Y3,4,5 and 6 will be set Science homework to support their learning in class

Science EventsScience ClubsLinks with the CommunityScience in ActionScience at home  Science in the Wider World Experiment Ideas