STEM Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement

Science/ STEM

At Lord Blyton Primary School, we strongly believe that high quality science education and STEM offers the foundations for understanding the world around us. Science and technology is ever changing and is fundamental for a prosperous future, which we strive to facilitate and stress the importance of when delivering the teaching of the processes, methods and knowledge of this vital area. Science at Lord Blyton focusses upon developing student’s thinking and scientific practices that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live. We achieve this by ensuring that students are exposed to quality first teaching, investigating scientific phenomena and real-world problems and by applying scientific skills. A key element to our teaching is the building of fundamental scientific knowledge and concepts that can be added to and developed each year to allow our students to advance their rational thinking skills. In addition to developing a sense of curiosity and excitement about science, students are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, as well as analyse the causes they observe or record. Students at Lord Blyton are immersed in key scientific vocabulary, increasing student’s knowledge and understanding of not only the specific matter they are currently studying, but of the world they live in. Fundamentally, science and technology in our school is about developing our student’s ideas and scientific thinking by allowing them to investigate and study the environment and world around them, which we achieve with a balanced and broad science programme of study based upon the National Curriculum programme. The aim of teaching STEM is to inspire and engage our children, and to prepare them for their future life and career path.

INTENT:

To prepare children for a STEM focussed career/ future

To inspire and engage children in STEM subjects

To inspire the future scientists and engineers 

Science:

To teach children to ask question and planning lines of investigative enquiry

To extend children’s natural curiosity and wonder about the world

To help children make decisions concerning environmental, moral and social issues

To develop scientific strategies and skills

To work co-operatively and communicate scientific ideas to others

Technology and Engineering: (See separate D&T yearly overview)

To develop an understanding of technological processes, products and their manufacture, and their contribution to our society

To develop imaginative thinking in children and to enable them to talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making

To enable children to talk about how things work, and to draw and model their ideas

To encourage children to select appropriate tools and techniques for making a product, whilst following safe procedures

To explore attitudes towards the made world and how we live and work within it

Children should learn to understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

Mathematics: (See separate mathematics policy)

To apply mathematics during engineering design challenges

To develop critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills

To prepare students to solve problems in class and at home.

 IMPLEMENTATION

A clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum where teaching and learning should show progression across all key stages within the strands of Science.

Children have access to key language and meanings in order to understand and readily apply to their written, mathematical and verbal communication of their skills.

Children will use a range of resources to develop their knowledge and understanding that is integral to their learning and develop their understanding of working scientifically.

Clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum where teaching and learning should plan for practical investigative opportunities within Science lessons.

Children will reflect on previous learning and cross-curricular links will be made wherever possible

Children will be able to build on prior knowledge and link ideas together, enabling them to question and become enquiry based learners.

Attainment will be assessed through related topic assessment tasks

IMPACT

The impact and measure of this is to ensure students not only acquire the appropriate age-related knowledge linked to the science curriculum, but also skills which equip them to progress from their starting points, and within their everyday lives. Our aim for science/STEM is to increase the skills needed to navigate an ever-changing world of science and technology by immersing our students with scientific enquiry skills, key scientific knowledge and investigative skills. We aim to create a culture of high scientific aspirations, which will allow our students a platform to develop their scientific learning and careers, and to articulate their understanding of key scientific concepts.

  • Most children will achieve age related expectations in Science at the end of their cohort year.
  • Children will retain knowledge that is pertinent to science with a real life context.
  • Children will be able to question ideas and reflect on knowledge.
  • Children will work collaboratively and practically to investigate and experiment.
  • Children will be able to explain the process they have taken and be able to reason scientifically.