Science! Science! Science! Science! Science! Science! Science!
A high-quality science education provides the foundations of understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital for our world's future prosperity.
We aim to ensure that all children:
- develop scientific knowledge and understanding of biology, chemistry and physics.
- develop understanding of different types of scientific enquiry that will help them answer scientific questions about the world around them.
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
The 2014 primary curriculum is taught throughout the school. There is a much stronger focus on scientific knowledge and language and evolution is going to be taught in primary schools for the first time.
Scientific enquiry (or investigation skills) is now known as Working Scientifically and focuses on an understanding of the methods of Science. It is not taught as a separate strand but is embedded into the children’s science themes.
Key Stage 1 Science
The principal focus of science teaching in key stage 1 is to enable the children to experience and observe phenomena, looking more closely at the world around them.
Key Stage 2 Science
The principal focus of science teaching in lower key stage 2 is to enable the children to broaden their scientific view of the world around them. The principal focus of Science teaching in upper key stage 2 is to enable the children to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas.
We are Scientists!
Years 1 and 2 ‘Working Scientifically’
Some of the 'Working Scientifically' activities and investigations in years 1 and 2 include: sorting materials according to their properties, a woodland walk to investigate the different types of trees in our local environment and growing our own plants and vegetables in the school garden.
Years 3 and 4 ‘Working Scientifically’
Some of the 'Working Scientifically' activities and investigations in years 3 and 4 include: creating a working switch and a moving part for an undersea world, investigating which soil type is the most permeable and which type of rock is the hardest.
Years 5 and 6 'Working Scientifically'
Some of the 'Working Scientifically' activities and investigations at years 5 and 6 include: creating rocket launchers, investigating which solid dissolves into a liquid, creating a working circuit with a switch and investigating the different factors that can make a bulb brighter in this circuit.