Science

OUR AIMS FOR SCIENCE

As a school, we endeavour to meet the requirements of the National Primary Science Curriculum with passion and enthusiasm for the subject. We continually bring the subject alive through real life experiments and investigations rather than relying on secondary sources. We strive to inspire in our children a love of discovering new information and knowledge about life and the world around us, supporting them to learn and develop the skills they need to think independently and creatively. 

It is our aim for the children to develop problem solving skills from the very beginning of their academic career. We help the children to be inquisitive and constantly encourage them to think of their own questions for enquiries and investigations. We also ensure time is given throughout each phase for totally child led investigations so that all the children have the opportunity to lead their own learning and feel a real sense of achievement when they find answers for themselves. 

 

THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM

Main overarching aims of the national curriculum for primary science:

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

 

Scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding:

  • Science will be taught in a sequence of knowledge and concepts because it is vitally important that children develop secure understanding of each key block in order to progress to the next stage. 
  • Children should be familiar with, and use, technical terminology, accurately and precisely. They should build up an extended specialist vocabulary. 
  • Children Should apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data. 

 

Working Scientifically:

  • This is the understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science. 
  • It is to be embedded within the content of biology, chemistry and physics, focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry. 
  • The types of scientific enquiry will include: 
  1. observing changes over time
  2. pattern seeking
  3. identifying, classifying and grouping
  4. comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations)
  5. researching using secondary sources

 

Science Across the Key Stages

 

EYFS:

Under the banners of understanding the world and physical development children will:

  • Learn and know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things.
  • Talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.
  • Be given opportunity to make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.
  • Learn about the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet. 

 

Key Stage 1:

  • Talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.
  • Experience and observe phenomena, looking more closely at the natural and humanly-constructed world around them.
  • Be encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice.
  • Be using the 5 different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions.
  • Learn about science mostly through the use of first-hand practical experiences, but there should also be some use of appropriate secondary sources, such as books, photographs and videos. 

 

KS1 Science Topics to be covered in 2020/2021

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Plants

Plants

Animals, including humans

Animals, including humans

Living things and their habitats

Living things and their habitats

 

KS1 Science Topics to be covered in 2021/2022

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Materials

Materials

Earth and Space

Earth and Space

Child Led Science Enquiry

Child Led Science Enquiry

 

Lower Key Stage 2

The Children in Key Stage 2 are to broaden their scientific view of the world around them by talking about:

-       testing and developing ideas about everyday phenomena

-       the relationships between living things and familiar environments

-       the development of their ideas about functions, relationships and interactions

They should ask their own questions about what they observe and make some decisions about which one of the 5 types of scientific enquiry are likely to be the best ways of answering them.

They should draw simple conclusions and use some scientific language, first, to talk about and, later, to write about what they have found out. 

 

LKS2 Science Topics to be covered in 2020/2021

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Animals, including humans

Animals, including humans

Child Led Science Enquiry

Sound

Forces and Magnets

Electricity

 

LKS2 Science Topics to be covered in 2021/2022

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Child Led Science Enquiry

Materials – States of Matter

Living things and their habitats

Materials - Rocks

Light

Plants

 

Upper Key Stage 2

Children will develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas by:

  • Exploring and talking about their ideas; asking their own questions about scientific phenomena; and analysing functions, relationships and interactions more systematically. 
  • Encountering more abstract ideas and recognising how these ideas help them to understand and predict how the world operates. 
  • Recognising that scientific ideas change and develop over time. 
  • Selecting the most appropriate ways to answer science questions using the 5 different types of scientific enquiry. 
  • Drawing conclusions based on their data and observations, using evidence to justify their idea and use their scientific knowledge and understanding to explain their findings.

 

UKS2 Science Topics to be covered in 2020/2021

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Living things and their habitats

Child Led Science Enquiry

Earth and Space

Evolution and Inheritance

Forces and Magnets

Electricity

 

UKS2 Science Topics to be covered in 2021/2022

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Materials

Materials

Living things and their habitats

Child Led Science enquiry

Light

Animals, including humans

 
 
ANNUAL PLAN
 
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