A Bunbury Scientist

Bunbury ‘Scientists’ let their light shine brightly.....

Science is led by our CORE science team.

Mrs Smith, Mrs Appleby and Mrs Agnew

Our Bunbury science co-ordinator is Mrs Smith

At the heart of everything is a personalised approach to each unique individual as part of our Christian Community. The strong family ethos ensures that all children and staff feel valued, respected and grow in self-confidence. Enthusiastic and caring staff with high expectations, demonstrate care of the whole child. Through God’s guidance we encourage each and every child to let their light shine.

Article 29: Children’s education should develop each child’s personality, talents and abilities to the fullest. It should encourage children to respect others, human rights and their own and other cultures. It should also help them learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.

The curriculum at Bunbury is constructed in order to provide systems of learning and lived experiences that enable the pupils at our school to develop and grow as learners, empowering all children to fulfil the school’s motto: ‘Let Your Light Shine’. The curriculum is focused on growing the whole person, through a broad range of subjects and wider opportunities. Its intent is to empower pupils in learning; to facilitate efficient acquisition of knowledge and to provide clear steps for progression and to develop a rich cultural capital. Through high-quality texts, resources and experiences, it aims to inspire our pupils to develop inquiring minds and to have a world view that is full of hope, with a knowledge of the love of Jesus. The curriculum meets the needs of all our children through a loving, nurturing environment, rich in social, spiritual and moral learning. It equips our pupils with the tools that will enable them to succeed in academic, professional and personal contexts throughout their lives

Our Curriculum Policy details our intent behind our curriculum, how we implement it and our desired impact. At RCSAT, the school curriculum consists of all those activities designed or encouraged within its organisational framework to provide the intellectual, emotional, personal, social, spiritual and physical development of all its pupils. It includes not only the subject specific curriculum but also the ‘informal’ programme of enrichment and extra-curricular activities.

The curriculum at RCSAT, is firmly rooted in and stems directly from our Vision, Mission and Core Values;

Our Vision – ‘Let your Light shine’ Matthew v5:16

Our Mission – ‘A Caring Christian Family Where We Grow Together’         

Our Core Values –

WE aim to create an enjoyable, inclusive, safe and nurturing environment that allows all children to develop spiritually, morally and socially.

every child is a child of God, made to contribute to our world.

WE aim to create an inspiring environment, which encourages enthusiasm for lifelong learning and establishes an expectation of high standards.

            – knowing the way, showing the way and going the way.

WE aim to encourage caring, sensitive and inclusive attitudes where individuals feel secure, valued and respected by others.

like Jesus showed us through his teachings

WE aim to provide a broad and connected curriculum which challenges and develops the potential of each child.

            – as Jesus needed his disciples to support and guide, so we look to others with more knowledge

WE aim to develop a positive relationship between home, school and our wider community

 -  as a family – as brothers and sisters

Science teaches an understanding of natural phenomena. It aims to stimulate a child’s curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do. It teaches methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative thought. Children learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way in which science will affect the future on a personal, national, and global level.

The objectives of teaching science are to enable children to:

  • ask and answer scientific questions;
  • plan and carry out scientific investigations, using equipment (including computers) correctly;
  • know and understand the life processes of living things;
  • know and understand the physical processes of materials, electricity, light, sound, and natural forces;
  • know about the nature of the solar system, including the earth;
  • evaluate evidence, and present their conclusions clearly and accurately.

Children are encouraged to use everyday objects and experiences to question and experiment in order to increase their understanding of their world.

The Science Curriculum focuses progress and attainment in:

- Working scientifically
- Physics, Biology, Chemistry

Science stimulates and excites pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. Through exploring the world of Science, children are taught to develop their investigative skills by planning investigative skills and obtaining, presenting, and evaluating evidence.

We follow the DfE guidelines to ensure the continuity of provision through out the school. We place great value in developing investigative skills to foster a real understanding of scientific enquiry. 

Our high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. We want children to learn how science has changed and influenced our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. 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, children 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, and analyse causes.

Through our study of Science, we aim to ensure all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
  • 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.
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Curriculum structure & sequencing

We structure our Science curriculum by using the National Curriculum. This allows all our children in every year group, to have a full and in depth understanding of the biology, chemistry and physics strands. In each year group, all children have the opportunity to study a scientist who links with a taught topic that year.

Content & concepts

Our aim is to ensure that our Science curriculum consists of more than simply learning scientific concepts and factual information. In each unit, teachers plan for multiple opportunities for children to actively participate within their learning, through a range of individual activities and investigations. At the start of each unit, teachers make sure that pupils are confident with prior learning to ensure all learning is progressive.

Enrichment and personal development:

At Bunbury Aldersey, children have a range of enrichment opportunities. Pupils from KS1 and KS2 have the opportunity to attend STEM club and learn further about science, technology, engineering and maths. Each year, every class partakes in Science Week and engages with a school-wide theme.

Assessment and next steps

We assess Science in a variety of ways, giving pupils the opportunity to explain their reasoning and metacognition of a topic as well as their accumulation of knowledge. This may be done through practical exercises, group tasks, quizzes or discussion. We value developing scientific oracy and place great emphasis on children being able to explain how, and why; understanding the knowledge and skills within scientific learning.

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