In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
New International Version
At Northaw, the teaching and learning of science is reinforced by an appreciation for the role of God in creation and the universe. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are key factors in developing their scientific vocabulary and articulating scientific concepts clearly and precisely. Practical activities form part of a wider instructional sequence that gives pupils time to connect theory to observation. Our extensive grounds, including greenhouses, and rural setting provide invaluable opportunities for a hands-on approach to science. We participate in British Science Week – a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths. Science is led by a teaching assistant with a degree in the subject. Key questions generated each lesson are recorded on blue flash cards, placed in the class knowledge jar and used for systematically practising recall. Ofsted’s research review series has informed our practice in this area.
Adaptation for Inclusion
We want pupils with SEND to achieve exceptionally well in science, and have constructed a curriculum that is ambitious and designed to give all pupils, particularly disadvantaged pupils and pupils with SEND, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. The curriculum is successfully adapted to meet the needs of pupils with SEND, developing their knowledge, skills and abilities to apply what they know and can do with increasing fluency and independence.
Teachers can also refer to our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Guidance where classroom difficulties and strategies to support are listed by area of need.