Our Science intent is to provide children with an ambitious investigative curriculum with an emphasis on scientific vocabulary and enquiry in lessons.7
Diamond Wood Community Academy serves a community where 98% of the children have English as an additional language. Language is therefore at the heart of all that we do and is an integral part to our topics.
By the time children will leave us in Year 2 we want them to be able to discuss their understanding of Science, using appropriate scientific vocabulary. By being immersed in scientific vocabulary, which aids children’s knowledge and understanding not only of the topic they are studying, but of the world around them. We intend to provide all children, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability, with a broad and balanced science curriculum
Through our high quality topic based curriculum we will provided the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science at Diamond Wood Community Academy is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation, as well as using and applying processing skills. Our Science Curriculum allows pupils to investigate through STEM challenges, coherently planned and sequenced lessons and outdoor learning opportunities.
Our Science Curriculum is designed to give all pupils, including disadvantaged and those with SEND, the knowledge and science capital they need to be successful in life. The curriculum is designed, adapted and developed to be ambitious, meeting the needs for all pupils. Where pupils have special needs they are well supported through peer support, pre-teaching key vocabulary when needed. If appropriate, children with complex needs will access previous year groups to support their scientific learning. Our personalised staffing structure enables us to meet the needs of individual pupils.
Our school is committed to serving its community and surrounding areas. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith nature of the United Kingdom and understand the crucial role our school plays in promoting fundamental British Values. In Science we support this by encouraging children to respect and value the opinions of others and promote tolerance and understanding.
As a predominantly Muslim community, with increasing Eastern European influence, we promote the Science capital of different countries and cultures and faiths.
At Diamond Wood Community Academy we are extremely proud of the journey our Science curriculum has been on and all of the progress we have made to date. This academic year, we will be continuing to develop our curriculum even further and with the work started by our new science leads last year. Our Science leads are Mrs Tombling and Mrs Lyons.
In March 2020, Mrs Lyons and Mrs Tombing organised a ‘Super Science Day’ across the whole of school as part of British Science Week. The launch of this event allowed children and staff to gain a fresh look at science, through awe, wonder and exploration, with scientific vocabulary underpinning children’s scientific knowledge and understanding. It was a huge success and set the tone within school for further curriculum developments to our science curriculum this year, which we hope will inspire the scientists of the future.
Our main focus for the year in terms of our Science curriculum is to review current content and coverage, ensuring progression of knowledge and skills throughout school, from Nursery to Year Two.
All teaching staff and educational teaching assistants in school will be working hard over the year to develop their own subject knowledge and gain a clearer understanding of the skills and knowledge taught within each year group and how this progresses. They will deepen their understanding of the EYFS: Understanding of the World and how these areas of learning form firm foundations for Science as children progress into Key Stage One.
Over the year we will be auditing and reviewing the resources available in school to support teaching and learning with the aim of ensuring new, high-quality resources are available to enhance the delivery of our curriculum. This includes supporting the development and launch of our Forest School curriculum, enhancing and supporting learning by creating first hand experiences outdoors.
We have swiftly identified the gaps created in children’s scientific knowledge and understanding due to COVID-19 school closures. The topics covered this year aim to address any lost learning whilst still challenging children and exposing them to age related learning expectations.
As a school and as a subject, we are working hard to ensure our children receive a rich and varied exposure to key vocabulary. In order to support this, teachers are now encouraged to add a ‘Scientific vocabulary we will learn today’ section into all Science lessons.
We are passionate about building the mantra of ‘We are Scientists’ throughout school and encouraging children to create and follow lines of investigation and enquiry. We are passionate about children developing a deeper love of Science and will continue to enrich the curriculum where possible, through initiatives such as BSW and our Super Science day.
Yorkshire Water Home Learning
Educational support from Yorkshire Water is still available during this lockdown period via their Home Learning pages.
These can be accessed via our website – https://www.yorkshirewater.com/education/home-learning/
Here you will find activities that can be done in the home and garden, and these will support topic based learning whilst still meeting national curriculum requirements. We’d like to encourage you to use these activities and/or share them with parents & carers at home.
Yesterday, Yorkshire Water launched the first of their home learning videos – all about the Water Cycle. You can see the film on their YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zOf2wkMnis
Super Science Day!
Click here to read our Science Action Plan
Science in EYFS
Click here for details of how we teach Science in our Early Years.
Understanding the World
Click here to see our work leading to Key Stage 1 Science.
Super Science Day
Click here to see what fun we had making new discoveries on Super Science Day, Wednesday 11th March 2020.
See below some super Science websites for you to explore . . .
Let's Go Live
Check out Maddie & Greg's adventures on You Tube: