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Science Curriculum

Science Intent

We recognise the importance of science and the role it has in providing children with a secure foundation for understanding the world around them. Our science curriculum intends to provide all children with the knowledge and skills understand the world in which they live, from learning about health to electricity. We aim to give children different opportunities to become scientists through an engaging curriculum.

Implementation

We teach our children how to become scientists by exploring and investigating topics in the National Curriculum.  Lessons are purposeful and creative giving children the opportunity to develop their own understanding in an interactive way. Children are taught how to plan, create observe and evaluate their own scientific investigations. These investigations will give the children the opportunity to develop their scientific skills and ultimately have a deeper understanding about the world and how it works.

Teachers use age appropriate skills and knowledge progression documents to ensure that learning is progressive across the school.

Children are taught to be inquisitive and encouraged to ask questions in all lessons.

Assessments in the form of ‘Quizzes’ are at the beginning, middle and end of all units of study to measure attainment and ensure long term knowledge is embedded.

Key vocabulary and knowledge is highlighted at the start of every unit through the use of a knowledge organiser.

Each unit of study includes opportunities to work scientifically developing the correct skills needed to be scientists.

Impact

Children will have knowledge and understanding of the world around them as scientists. They will be able to use scientific skills correctly and apply them to other areas of the curriculum. Children are inspired by science and leave our school wanting to learn more about the world around them.

 

 

Science

The planning for science is set out year by year. We are required to teach the relevant programmes of study by the end of each Key Stage. The national curriculum for science requires us to teach our children to think and work scientifically.  Throughout their primary school experience pupils will learn through lines of scientific enquiry.

Identifying and Classifying

Observing Over Time

Fair Testing

Pattern Seeking

Researching Using Secondary Sources.

KS1 Planning

Asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways.

Lower KS2 Planning

Asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiry to answer them.

Setting up practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests.

Upper KS2 Planning

Planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary.

KS1 Obtaining and  Presenting Evidence

Performing simple tests.

 Observing closely using simple equipment.

Gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.

Lower KS2 Obtaining and  Presenting Evidence

Making systematic and careful observations, and where appropriate, taking accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers.

Gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help answering questions.

Recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts and tables.

Recording findings from enquiries, including oral explanations, displays of presentations of results and conclusions.

Upper KS2 Obtaining and  Presenting Evidence

Taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision, taking repeat readings where appropriate.

Recording data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs.

Reporting and presenting findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of and degree of trust in results, in oral and written forms such as displays.

 

 

KS1 Considering Evidence  and Evaluating

Using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.

Identifying and classifying.

Lower KS2 Considering Evidence  and Evaluating

Using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions.

Identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes.

Using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or support their findings.

Upper KS2 Considering Evidence  and Evaluating

Using test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests.

Identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments.

 

 

Our scheme of work ensures our children:-

Understand the world through biology, chemistry and physics.

Recognise the power of rational explanation

Understand the nature, processes and methods of science.

Be aware of the uses and implications of science now and in the future.

 

Key Stage 1 Topics of Study

Lower Key Stage 2 Topics of Study

Upper Key Stage 2 Topics of Study

Plants

Animals Including Humans

Everyday Materials

Seasons

 

Plants

Animals Including Humans

Rocks

Light

Forces and Magnets

Living Things and Their Habitats

States of Matter

Sound

Electricity

Living Things and Their Habitats

Animals Including Humans

Properties and Changes of Materials

Earth and Space

Forces

Living Things and Their Habitats

Animals Including Humans

Evolution and Inheritance

Light

 

 

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