Science Curriculum

Exploring Science through curiosity and enquiry.

The National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all children:

  1. Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding – through the specific disciplines of biology, physics and chemistry,
  2. Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiry that help children to answer scientific questions about the world around them, and
  3. Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future

The National Curriculum for science can be found HERE

Early Years Foundation Stage

Science in Early Years Foundation Stage is taught through Understanding the World. This involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.  Through an enabling environment and as a result of effective conversations, questions and activities the children will discover that they are able to talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know thatother children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

Children will know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things.  They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

Furthermore, they will discover that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.

Observations made by all the adults in the setting will be collected using Tapestry, and a baseline, mid-year and end of year judgement will be made against the Development Matters curriculum, which can be found HERE

Key Stage 1 and  Key Stage 2 curriculum intent

The Science curriculum is constructed to ensure that the complete National Curriculum is covered, furthermore that topics and end of unit expectations progress appropriately as pupils move through the school.

The school’s Long Term Plan which outlines the coverage and progression of skills from year 1 to year 6 can be found by following the link below

Science Long Term Planning and Progression Maps 2019.20

Science is taught weekly from half termly units that are designed to ensure a balance of topics and themes across each key stage.  Each lesson is carefully designed so that scientific skills, knowledge and explanations are taught through practical activities, media, slideshows and presentations.  Work is differentiated so that all learners are supported and everyone is involved and excited by the topic being covered.

Children with an SEND diagnosis are mainly supported through targetted adult intervention and support.  Scaffolded resources are also used to ensure children are supported in learning scientific skills and knowledge.

End of unit self evaluation assessments are undertaken by children.  The pupils’ knowledge is assessed by the class teacher during each lesson through ‘live’ and distance marking.

An example of a lesson plan as well as a snapshot of some of our science lessons are below