Victoria College Prep. School implemented the 2014 science
curriculum over the academic year 2014-2015. The 2014 science
curriculum is taught for the most part in the relevant year groups
but, following a staff meeting discussion where it was felt
strongly that better curriculum links would be made by teaching
some of the objectives in other year groups, these changes have
been made. See attached curriculum for specific changes.
Science may be taught in regularly timetabled slots, as science
afternoons, days or weeks. A cross-curricular approach in teaching
science is encouraged.
A broad and balanced science education is the entitlement of all
The aims in teaching science at VCP include: -
- Providing children with an enjoyable experience of science so
that they will develop a lasting interest and be motivated to study
science further. (Aspire)
- Teaching science in context and making relevant links with
other curriculum subjects.
- Providing engaging and interesting experiences through visits
out and inviting visitors into the school.
- Helping children to acquire practical scientific skills and
giving children the experience of scientific processes.
- Building on children's natural curiosity and developing a
scientific approach to problems.
- Helping children acquire a progressive understanding of
- Encouraging resourcefulness and resilience.
- Preparing children for life in an increasingly scientific and
- Building children's self confidence to enable them to work
independently and developing their respect and social skills to
work co-operatively with others.
Teaching strategies and planning
Pupils are taught in their class groups. They should be provided
with opportunities to work individually, co-operatively in small
groups, in mixed ability groups, similar ability groups, friendship
groups and as a whole class.
Planning should occur in year groups and all teachers of science
for that year group should be consulted when writing of MTPs for
science, thus ensuring a uniformity of approach when teaching.
Science in the Curriculum (2014) comprises four areas:
Working scientifically, biology, chemistry and physics.
It is essential to consider breadth and balance of science
throughout each year group and across the key stage.
'Working scientifically' should be integral to all science
teaching and children need to be taught about experimental and
investigative methods where appropriate throughout each unit of
The 'Working scientifically' focus should be included in medium
term plans where relevant and it should be ensured that the
teaching of this occurs at a level appropriate to the boys'