Science – curriculum information

The Science Vision

At Dorchester Primary, our vision is that children will become curious, creative and critical scientific thinkers who are able to explore and understand the world with a sound scientific knowledge and vocabulary. The national curriculum for Science drives the core planning. We aim to give our children a deeper contextual understanding of their learning by offering opportunities to apply Science skills to other curriculum areas as the curriculum builds from the EYFS.

“In subjects such as history, teachers use assessment skilfully to find out what pupils know before they start to teach a new unit of work.”

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“One pupil told inspectors that ‘teachers are really caring, we know if we ask for help, we will get it’.”

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“Leaders have ensured that pupils have plenty of opportunities
to design, make and evaluate projects using different materials.”

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“Pupils feel that they are being listened to and that their views help leaders to improve the school.”

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“Leaders ensure that opportunities for pupils to apply their mathematical understanding are provided in the activities pupils
complete.”

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“Leaders have created an ambitious curriculum that sets out clearly what pupils should
learn and when.”

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“Leaders provide ‘chatterpacks’ to parents so that they have the age-appropriate resources they need to support their child’s
reading.”

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“In the short term, leaders have placed a greater focus on subjects such as
English and mathematics.”

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“Pupils spoke with enthusiasm about the school garden they are developing and of their plans for the fruit and vegetables they will grow.”

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“Pupils are clear about the school rules.”

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“Leaders ensure there is a focus on developing pupils’ mathematical vocabulary.”

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“Leaders have rightly reorganised their curriculum to make up for learning that has been
lost during the COVID-19”

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“In the early years, mathematics is a high priority. Daily ‘carpet time’ is used to teach children
mathematical concepts”

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“Children are
taught to read as soon as they start in the early years.”

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“Knowledgeable and highly trained leaders ensure that pupils get the support they need to achieve.”

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“As soon as children start school, leaders check their speech and language needs so that extra help can be provided, where it is required.”

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“The mathematics curriculum is clearly sequenced. Teachers provide opportunities for pupils to continually revisit and review previous learning.”

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“Leaders use assessment well to ensure that the books pupils read match the sounds they already know.”

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“Leaders have continued to prioritise the teaching of phonics and reading.”

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“Pupils now use mathematical vocabulary with accuracy.”

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“Teachers provide lots of opportunities for pupils to rehearse and say the sounds they are learning aloud, which helps them to remember them.”

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“Democratically elected roles, such as house captains and school councillors, enable pupils to contribute purposefully to school life.”

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“In other curriculum
areas, such as design technology (DT), the curriculum is improving rapidly.”

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“Leaders’ subject monitoring has led to a consistent and successful approach to the teaching of phonics across the early years and key stage 1.”

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“Leaders have established ‘hive’ provision for pupils who need it. These well-resourced, intimate settings provide the intense support that a significant minority of pupils need.”

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“The help that leaders provide for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) is a strength of the school.”

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“School council representatives attend School Stakeholder Group (SSG) meetings to share their views.”

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“Strong, cross-curricular links with subjects, such as science, give pupils the opportunity to apply their skills and
knowledge when making products.”

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