At Seton School, we use Cornerstones topics to help guide us to provide an exciting and engaging curriculum. 

Intent Statement
At Seton Community Primary School, our intention is to provide a comprehensive Science curriculum that encourages exploration, investigation and inspires our pupils to develop a love of Science. Our aim is to equip our pupils with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to succeed in the subject, prepare them for further education and improving their ambition for future careers. As part of our Science curriculum, we will provide pupils with opportunities to develop their scientific knowledge, understanding and enquiry skills through practical experiences, where they can apply their learning to real-life situations.

Implementation Statement
Our Science curriculum Seton Community Primary School is taught through a variety of engaging and interactive activities. We have a range of high-quality resources, including textbooks, online resources, and practical equipment that enable our pupils to develop a deep understanding of Science. Our teachers will use a variety of teaching methods, including practical investigation, discussion, debate and problem solving to engage and challenge our pupils in their learning. This includes the use of real-life contexts and cross-curricular links, which enable our pupils to appreciate the relevance of Science in their lives beyond the classroom.

Our school provides opportunities for all pupils to participate in scientific research projects, STEM competitions, and collaborative learning experiences. We have established links with local businesses and industries, which provide our pupils with excellent opportunities to understand and apply their scientific knowledge in the real world. We also enhance our curriculum by providing children with the opportunity to participate in science trips to expand their learning.

Impact Statement

Our Science curriculum has a significant impact on our pupils. Through our Science curriculum, pupils develop a deep understanding of scientific concepts, and feel confident in their ability to apply their knowledge and skills to practical situations. Pupils show high levels of engagement and enthusiasm in their learning, which is reflected in their excellent progress and attainment in Science. They have a genuine love of Science, which extends beyond their time at our primary school.

Our pupils develop a range of essential skills through our Science curriculum, including problem-solving skills, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and perseverance. These skills benefit our pupils across all areas of their learning and prepare them for their future careers.

To help us develop our Science curriculum and offer the chilldren a range of exciting activities that engages them, we use the Cornerstones Curriculum as a base for our planning. This planning provides us with a well sequences set of lessons, where learning is built upon and children have opportunities to complete practical activities and make good progress. Our Science curriculum provides our pupils with opportunities to develop a range of scientific skills. It supports pupils to develop a "can-do" attitude which, in turn, promotes confidence, self-esteem and aspirations to achieve beyond their potential. Pupils are aware of how Science impacts their daily lives, and are aware of the role of Science in the wider society.

Overall, our Science curriculum is fully aligned with the expectations set by Ofsted's latest inspection criteria. We believe that our Science curriculum truly represents our school's commitment to providing an outstanding education that supports pupils' wellbeing, achievement, and readiness for their next steps in their education and careers.



Thinking, Doing, Talking Approach

As a school, we are currently using the ‘Thinking, Doing, Talking Approach’ to teach children Science. This topic is a brilliant way to help engage all children in Science lessons and provides them a range of different techniques to use throughout the rest of their school lives. The ‘Thinking, Doing, Talking Approach’ focuses on 3 different aspects. The first aspect, Thinking, allows children to think about a range of different areas and explore them in a deeper way. Through the use of thinking, and questioning as prompts, children will be more engaged in a topic and will develop a deeper understanding. 

Along with Thinking, the ‘Doing’ aspect of this approach allows children to participate in a more hands on way. Children are encouraged to explore a range of different topics and try to solve problems set for them, without teachers explaining what to do. In using this approach, children are developing their problem solving skills and their scientific understanding is growing each lesson. 

Finally, ‘Talking’ is used more in lessons. Not only do children engage in discussion with their teacher, they are also encouraged to discuss work with each other and use this to help them complete the set activities. Through using this approach in classrooms, children are participating in more interactive Science lessons and are developing their understanding and scientific knowledge through each lesson. Learners are supported and their knowledge builds on prior experiences, whilst giving them the opportunity to explore the world around them.