At Shankhill School, we will ensure our children become scientists by making sure they meet the National Curriculum expectations, to:

  • 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

Quality first teaching using a range of monitoring, feedback and assessment strategies provides opportunity to intervene and support learning in the moment. Support can also be from a variety of strategies such as personalised learning activities, resources and adult support; pre/post-teaching or interventions. 

Scientific analysis is developed through IPROF criteria. We call it ‘Thinking Scientifically.’ Challenge can vary depending on the area of study:

  • identifying and classifying 
  • pattern seeking 
  • research 
  • observing over time 
  • fair and comparative testing 

These will be mapped throughout CUSP Science against each knowledge note. The use of knowledge notes allows teachers to make reasonable adjustment for pupils with SEND / EHCP to help make sense of the content. 

We have an abundance of learning resources; and active play-based learning equipment. This, paired with high quality in the moment teaching and creativity, allows our pupils to fully delve into working scientifically. 

In early years we begin understanding the world around us, we talk about the weather, animals and life cycles.

In key stage 1 children will learn all about seasonal changes, animals, plants and what helps us to grow. We will also explore materials and what makes up the world around us. 

In key stage 2 our scientists learn even more about biology and animals, including the circulatory system and growth. We will carry out experiments on light, sounds and magnets while learning about physics and discover the depths of space. We will determine what makes up the chemistry of our Earth and deepen our understanding of what makes us who we are.