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Science

At West Hill Primary School our science curriculum encourages children to develop awe and wonder, and to discover the world around them. Science at West Hill School engages our children in thoughtful reflection.

It supports our children to ask and answer questions about the world around them. Our aim is to send our children out into the world as budding scientists ready to extend their scientific knowledge in secondary school, having first secured an excellent primary science curriculum.

Science teaching is engaging and creative. Teachers look for different stimulating ways to encourage children to be curious.

The Snap Science programme is designed as a series of year frameworks, made up of several modules to ensure full coverage of the National Curriculum.

At the beginning of each module in a year there are clear statements of what children will know by the end and which skills they will have developed.

The Snap Science framework is built on a clear progression of conceptual knowledge in science from FS to Y6, which has been used to structure the content within key ideas, from year to year and within each year group and module, and to identify conceptual gaps in the National Curriculum. This ensures that children systematically develop their knowledge of big ideas and their scientific skills.

All Snap Science lessons are planned to ensure that all children in a class can access and master the intended knowledge and skills with each lesson offering three levels of differentiated task. Most Snap Science lessons are practical lessons. Access for all is ensured as all resources are cheap and easily accessible; and listed clearly in the resource matrix.

Snap Science modules have an introduction, which provides teachers with a clear explanation of the science they need to understand and in each lesson key information is highlighted at relevant points.

All Snap Science lessons provide clear guidance to teachers for describing and explaining scientific ideas with helpful diagrams, images, animations and videos, plus questions to stimulate discussion.

There is a section in the introduction where commonly held misconceptions are listed so that teachers can ensure that they are addressed.

Snap Science modules are designed to ensure that key ideas and the vocabulary to express them are revisited over the course of a series of lessons and are built on as topics progress between years and Key Stages.

Effective formative assessment is built into every lesson so that teachers are aware of children’s developing knowledge and understanding, and their use of skills. They are supported to identify any gaps in learning and provide appropriate feedback to consolidate and build on key knowledge and skills. In the Reflect and Review part of the lesson children summarise what they have learned and use the success criteria to assess how well they have done and their next steps. The Evidence of Learning section provides clear guidance for teachers to indicate things children say, write, draw and do regarding achievement of the learning intention. As well as formative assessment evidence from lessons, Snap Scienceshots, a set of assessment activities designed to check up on children’s understanding of the concepts taught in a module, are provided for teachers to use.

The Snap Science online tracker facilitates the quick recording of children’s achievements against the National Curriculum objectives at the end of a module using evidence from lessons or Snap Scienceshots At the end of the Key Stage individual pupil records are automatically aggregated to ensure simple and accurate completion of statutory assessment records.

Snap Science is constructed to ensure broad and deep engagement of the Programme of Study for Science and that assessment strategies and resources measure what children have been taught and learned – not through separately designed tests.

Lessons are differentiated to ensure that that all children can work appropriately towards achieving the learning intention, with support provided for children with lower prior attainment in reading, writing and maths.

Snap Science lessons all lead to children representing or expressing their learning in shareable outcomes.

The Snap Science framework is shaped by a clear progression of science knowledge and skills from FS to Y6, and beyond, ensuring that transition between Key Stages is smooth and effective.