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Science

Science

Science is a vital part of the curriculum as it teaches children to understand the world in which they live and ask questions about why and how things happen.

 

Our science curriculum is focused on children developing a wide, varied and secure subject knowledge while embedding opportunities throughout lessons for children to work scientifically. The types of scientific enquiry which are embedded within our lessons include: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing; and researching using secondary sources. For the coverage of subject knowledge, you will find a yearly overview of our science curriculum below and also a link to the Science programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2 within the Primary National Curriculum.

 

Key Stage 1:

The main focus of science in key stage 1 is to provide children with opportunities to experience and observe the world around them. Key stage 1 children should be encouraged to ask questions about what they notice and should begin to use simple scientific language to share their experiences.

 

Areas of Subject Knowledge:

Over the course of key stage 1, pupils will cover the following scientific units:

  • Plants
  • Animals, including humans
  • Everyday materials
  • Seasonal Change
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Plants

 

Areas of Working Scientifically:

Within key stage 1, pupils will cover the following practical scientific methods and skills:

  • asking simple questions
  • observing closely, using simple equipment 
  • performing simple tests 
  • identifying and classifying 
  • gathering and recording data

 

Lower Key Stage 2:

The main focus of science in lower key stage 2 is to broaden children's scientific views of the world in which we live. Lower key stage 2 children will be given opportunities to ask their own questions about what they observe and will make decisions about which types of scientific enquiry are likely to be the best ways of answering them.
 

Areas of Subject Knowledge:

Over the course of lower key stage 2, pupils will cover the following scientific units:

  • Plants
  • Animals, including humans
  • Rocks
  • Light
  • Forces and magnets
  • Living things and their habitats
  • States of matter
  • Sound
  • Electricity

 

Areas of Working Scientifically:

Within lower key stage 2, pupils will cover the following practical scientific methods and skills:

  • asking relevant questions
  • using different types of scientific enquiries
  • setting up simple practical enquiries
  • making systematic and careful observations and taking accurate measurements
  • using a range of equipment
  • gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data
  • reporting on findings from enquiries
  • using results to draw simple conclusions
  • identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes 

 

Upper Key Stage 2:

The main focus of science in upper key stage 2 is to develop a deeper understanding of a wide and varied range of scientific ideas. Upper key stage 2 children will be given opportunities to select the most appropriate ways to answer science questions using different types of scientific enquiry.

 

Areas of Subject Knowledge:

Over the course of upper key stage 2, pupils will cover the following scientific units:

  • Animals, including humans
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Properties and changes of materials
  • Earth and space
  • Forces
  • Evolution and inheritance
  • Light
  • Electricity

 

Areas of Working Scientifically:

Within upper key stage 2, pupils will cover the following practical scientific methods and skills:

  • planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions
  • recognising and controlling variables 
  • taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment
  • recording data and results
  • using test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests
  • reporting and presenting findings from enquiries
  • identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments

Science National curriculum link: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/425618/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_Science.pdf

Please see attached file for science overview for each class this year. 

 

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