Science is an important subject and is taught every week across the entire school. We believe that Science should be investigative, and that teaching and learning should be built around children’s natural curiosity and their keen desire to investigate. Our teachers deliver a balance of biology, chemistry and physics, with opportunities given for children to progress in their skills and understanding of key areas of Science. We encourage children to ask questions and find inventive, creative and logical ways to answer these questions.
From Years 1 – 6, teachers assess children against the following criteria for Working Scientifically (WS) in Science:
WS1 – Enquiry and developing questions
WS2 – Testing and answering questions
WS3 – Measurement and selecting equipment
WS4 – Making observations
WS5 – Recording and presenting findings
WS6 – Developing conclusions
WS7 – Refining investigations
Within each of these criteria there is a progression in scientific skills, allowing children to build upon their knowledge and ability to carry out effective investigations as they move their way up through the school. Children are able to investigate through each unit of Science, meaning they can better develop their understanding of key scientific concepts throughout both Key Stages.
Outlined below are the main areas of learning for each year group:
Reception: In the Early Years Foundation Stage, children are given opportunities to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world around them, allowing them to acquire knowledge and develop their curiosity before moving to more formal science lessons.
Year 1 : Human body and sense, Seasonal changes, Materials, Sound, Plants, Animals
Year 2: Materials, All living things and their habitats, Animals (including humans and the importance of health), Electricity
Year 3: Plants, Light and shadow, Bones and muscles, Rocks and soils, Magnets and forces
Year 4: Teeth, Digestion and food chains, Electricity, Solids, Liquids and gases (changing state), Sound, Classification
Year 5: Forces, Pulleys and levers, Changes and growth, Earth and space, Plant life cycles, Properties and changes of materials
Year 6: Micro-organisms, Electricity, Diet, exercise and health, Evolution and adaptation, Light.