Investigate and Evaluate
At Woolavington Village Primary School, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. As one of the core subjects taught in Primary Schools, we give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires.
The scientific area of learning is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, and with developing skills associated with Science as an investigative discipline. It will develop the natural curiosity of the child, encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provide opportunities for concluding and evaluating their evidence.
At Woolavington Village Primary School, in conjunction with the aims of the National Curriculum, our Science teaching offers opportunities for children to:
- Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through topic-based curriculum.
- Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
- Be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.
- Develop the essential scientific enquiry skills to deepen their scientific knowledge.
- Use a range of methods to communicate their scientific information and present it in a systematic, scientific manner, including ICT, diagrams, graphs and charts.
- Develop a respect for the materials and equipment they handle regarding their own, and other children’s safety linked to our golden rules.
- Develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific learning and discovery.
Design and Technology
At Woolavington Village Primary School we aim to provide all children with a broad and balanced curriculum which prepares them for life beyond primary education. We acknowledge that Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject, the results of which can be found in many of the objects children use each day forming part of their immediate experiences. We encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. Cooking and Nutrition provides key life skills and knowledge that are essential for health and wellbeing. Design and Technology encourages children to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team.
The Design and Technology curriculum at Woolavington Primary School, combines skills, knowledge, concepts and values to enable children to tackle real problems. It can improve analysis, problem solving, and practical capability and evaluation skills. We aim, wherever possible, to establish cross curricular links with other subjects such as mathematics, English, science, computing and art. The children are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
Key objectives of intent within the Design Technology Curriculum based on the National Curriculum 2014 guidance:
- Products are to be made for a purpose.
- Individuality should be ensured in children’s design and construction of products.
- Delivery of the two strands: Designing and Making and Cooking and Nutrition.
- More emphasis to be given on creating ‘innovative’ products in KS2.
- Teaching the importance of making on-going changes and improvements during making stages.
- Looking into seasonality of ingredients and how they are grown, caught or reared.
- The introduction of computing and coding of products in KS2.
- Researching key events and individual designers in the History of Technology in KS2.
The national curriculum for Design and Technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop the creative, technical and practical expertise need to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
- build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
- critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
- understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
At Woolavington Village Primary school, we understand importance of ensuring that our children are digitally literate and safe in this fast-paced world of technology. We follow the ELIM Computing scheme in order to provide the children with a broad and rich. We believe that an engaging and motivating Computing curriculum will enable our learners to:
- Use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.
- Make deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology.
- Build knowledge of principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.
- Become digitally literate – able to use, express themselves and develop ideas through information and communication technology.
- Keep themselves safe and discuss their worries when online and beyond.