At Griffydam Primary School, we believe that all of our children are scientists. Our intent is to give every child a broad and balanced Science curriculum which enables them to confidently explore and discover what is around them, so that they have a deeper understanding of the world we live in. We want our children to love science and to appreciate and nurture their personal scientific talents throughout their time at school, as well as feel confidently equipped with secure scientific knowledge and a thirst for investigation. We know how important our Forest School environment is to our children and so will enable children to explore and build an appreciation and care for the environment through their scientific studies. We want to encourage them to consider a future with science at the heart; through carefully developed opportunities to meet and engage with real life scientists. At Griffydam, we have a coherently planned and sequenced curriculum which has been carefully designed and developed with the need of every child at the centre of what we do.
We believe that science is a core component of our curriculum and so ensure that children are equipped both with a strong sense set of investigative skills and a secure level of scientific knowledge.
We assess across each unit of work we teach and take a snapshot of each child's scientific understanding three times per year. We use 'Headstart Science assessments, which enable us to track progress, both within an academic year and from class to class.
We will not report scores in science but communicate regarding attainment three times per year; during parent consultation meetings and in the July report.