Science

At Windmill Hill Academy, we are ‘Inspiring Passionate Lifelong Learners’ by providing them with a broad and balanced curriculum to inspire and motivate pupils to have high aspirations; provide them with the tools to become assessment-capable learners and be socially responsible within the school and wider community.
Overall curriculum
A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. At Windmill Hill Academy, we understand the need for our pupils to recognise the importance of science in every aspect of daily life through curiosity and enquiry.  We want to increase pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, by developing skills associated with science as a process of enquiry. Through a practical and enjoyable curriculum, where working scientifically is interwoven, we strive to inspire and excite our children, feeding their thirst for knowledge. Science at our school promotes and develops transferable skills; such as observation, communication, collaboration and enquiry through real life contexts.
 
 
Pedagogy
Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.
 
Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
 
Children have weekly lessons in science. Teachers draw upon various sources for supporting with the planning, teaching and resourcing for science. All of which are carefully linked to the school’s knowledge and skills organiser to ensure there is clear progression.
 
The use of scientific equipment and scientific skills are modelled to the children by staff to ensure concepts are grasped and scientific understanding becomes embedded.
 
 
 
Assessment
Assessment is regarded as an integral part of teaching and learning and is a continuous process. There are planned opportunities within the curriculum plan to revisit learning from the current year but also previous year groups. It is the responsibility of the class teacher to assess all pupils in their class. This is mainly achieved through mini-plenaries, questioning, observation, end of unit tasks, marking, feedback from support staff and pupil self-assessment.
 
Head Start science pre and post unit assessments are used as well as the TAPS approach to assessing working scientifically. Teachers analyse pupil results to identify any gaps and use this to inform their future learning. Summative assessment is used to monitor attainment and progress.
 
Assessment is reported on Itrack termly and features on the annual report to parents. 
 
The monitoring of the standards of children’s learning and the quality of learning and teaching of science is the shared responsibility of the Senior Leadership Team and the subject leader. The work of the subject leader also involves supporting colleagues in the teaching of science, being informed about current developments in the subject, and providing a strategic lead and direction for the subject in the school. A named member of the school governing body is briefed to overview the teaching of the curriculum in the school.
 
 
 
Culture
We understand the need for our pupils to recognise the importance of science in every aspect of daily life through curiosity and enquiry.  We want to increase pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, by developing skills associated with science as a process of enquiry. Through a practical and enjoyable curriculum, where working scientifically is interwoven, we strive to inspire and excite our children, feeding their thirst for knowledge. Science at our school promotes and develops transferable skills; such as observation, communication, collaboration and enquiry through real life contexts.
 
 
 
Systems
The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:  
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics 
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them 
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future    
 
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.
 
See the knowledge and skills organiser for science which demonstrates the progression through the year groups. 
 
 
 
Policies/key documents
Whole School Long term horizontal curriculum map   
- ADMAT Trust Skills Progression Map for Science  
- Science Knowledge and Skills Organiser  
- Headstart Science Assessments  
- TAPS for Science Assessment resources
 
All of these can be can be found on our website under the curriculum/policies tab.