Our science curriculum aims to teach an understanding of natural phenomena; stimulate a pupil’s curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do and teach methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative and critical thought. Through the science capital approach, scientific vocabulary will remain as a key focus in science lessons, as it is a whole-school focus, to reduce barriers to education and build upon the pupils’ scientific capital. To further support this, pupils’ own experiences of science and their own lines of interest is incorporated into science lessons. Throughout and within science lessons, our school seeks to take advantage of opportunities to make cross-curricular links between subjects: pupils are given the opportunity to practise, apply and refine skills from other subjects, in particular English and Mathematics, within their science lessons, whilst being able to make reference to similar respective skills and knowledge from science in other subjects. In science, pupils learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way science will affect their future on a personal, national, and global level.
Some examples of what science looks like at Owston Park Primary Academy:
In addition to science activities in-school, we are proud to take part in extra-curricular activities out-of-school such as the Doncaster Civic Trust's Architectural STEM Design Challenge, which was held at the fantastic Mansion House building in the Doncaster Town Centre, in 2019.