Science Policy

Introduction

This policy outlines the teaching and learning, organisation and management of the Science taught at The Link School. The school’s policy for Science is underpinned by The National Curriculum 2015 Guidelines (Key Stage 1 through 4) and the Statutory Framework for The Early Years Foundation Stage 2021 (EYFS).

Our high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, our pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, analyse causes and develop the thinking skills to become scientific literate citizens.

Teaching and learning of Science at The Link School is reflective, adaptive, accessible yet ambitious and personalised to the changing needs of our learners.

Aims

  • Inspire and develop pupils’ enjoyment and interest in science and an appreciation of its contribution to all aspects of everyday life
  • Nurture and build on pupils’ curiosity and sense of awe of the natural world
  • Plan and deliver a range of investigations and practical activities to allow pupils the opportunity for greater understanding of the concepts and knowledge of science
  • Introduce pupils to scientific language and vocabulary – both reading and spelling – at a level consistent with their Key Stage
  • Develop pupils’ practical skills and their ability to make accurate and appropriate measurements
  • Develop pupils, use of ICT, Maths and Literacy in their study of Science
  • Support pupils to develop their natural sense of enquiry, encouraging them to question and challenge ideas
  • Extend the learning beyond the classroom environment when appropriate, giving pupils the opportunity to relate scientific concepts to real life applications
  • Facilitate consistent teaching and learning and progression through Remote Learning platforms when necessary
  • Create an environment that effectively breaks down the barriers to learning, enabling our pupils to achieve individual excellence
  • Raise aspirations so our pupils have the confidence and skills in preparation for their next life stage
  • Promote emotional well-being, resilience and a ‘Happy and Healthy’ lifestyle for our pupils

You can read our full Science Policy by downloading the PDF below:

  Science Policy.PDF

Contact

Link School Springwell Dene
Swindon Road, Springwell, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear  SR3 4EE

Tel: 0191 561 5777
Email: caroline.granton@schools.sunderland.gov.uk

Link School Pallion
Waverley Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR4 6TA

Tel: 0191 561 4777
Email: anita.blakeman@schools.sunderland.gov.uk