Characteristics of a Scientist
- The ability to think independently and raise questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and skills that it brings.
- Confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in, for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations.
- Excellent scientific knowledge and understanding which is demonstrated in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings.
- High levels of originality, imagination or innovation in the application of skills.
- The ability to undertake practical work in a variety of contexts, including fieldwork.
- A passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies.
Aspirations for the future!
Pupils develop an understanding of how subjects and specific skills are linked to future jobs.
Here are some of the jobs you could aspire to do in the future as a Scientist:
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Our pupils should be able to organise their knowledge, skills and understanding around the following learning areas:
- Understand plants
- Understand animals and humans
- Investigate living things
- Understand evolution and inheritance
- Investigate materials
- Understand movement, forces and magnets
- Understand the Earth’s movement in space
- Investigate light and seeing
- Investigate sound and hearing
- Understand electrical circuits
These key concepts underpin learning in each milestone. This enables pupils to reinforce and build upon prior learning, make connections and develop subject specific language.
The vertical accumulation of knowledge and skills from Years 1 to 6 is mapped as follows in the booklet below:
Through the explicit teaching of Science skills, both the teachers and the pupils assess their learning continuously throughout the lesson. Pupils are assessed using pre and post learning questions, devised by teachers and interwoven throughout the unit of learning.
Our assessment systems enable teachers to make informed judgements about the depth of their learning and the progress they have made over time.