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"The curriculum is interesting and varied and motivates pupils to succeed."

Ofsted

Science

Science at Down Ampney Primary school focuses on developing and enhancing children’s substantive knowledge; the content of the Primary Science Curriculum, as well as their disciplinary knowledge; the development of Working Scientifically skills and thinking like a scientist through scientific enquiry. Science lessons are designed to promote curiosity and a solid understanding of the world around us and a love of discovery is key.

We currently follow a 4-year rolling plan in KS2 for Science, however LKS2 and UKS2 are taught separately. As members of the Association for Science Education, we plan our progression in Knowledge and Working Scientifically skills carefully so that children build on their knowledge and skills year by year, using the PLAN (Pan-London Assessment Network) progression matrices. To enable us to both stretch and support children in their scientific learning and to evaluate their progress, we use the Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) project, which is based at Bath Spa University and funded by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

Down Ampney Primary School is also a member of the Ogden Trust Schools Partnership, which means we receive funding for incredible science resources, as well as staff training and the opportunity to collaborate with the other schools in our cluster.  

Please look at the attached progression documents to see how skills and knowledge are built through the Primary phase.

Sound Topic

Progression in Knowledge

Working Scientifically Matrix Y3/4

Working Scientifically Matrix Y5/6

TAPS Assessment Overview