We follow the National Curriculum for Science ensuring all pupils develop their scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We aim to make our Science curriculum as hands on as possible and hence, have a strong emphasis on ‘Working Scientifically’.
We have developed 3 report templates for pupils to use when investigating: The Einstein Report for Key Stage 1, The Newton Report for Years 3 and 4 and The Hawking Report for Years 5 and 6. The different report formats give structure to children’s scientific investigation and allow a build up for skills progression.
All Science units are based around a half termly question, such as – “Could we cope without electricity?” or “How does Usain Bolt move so quickly?” These questions give children a starting point from which to direct their learning.
Science in Early Years
Science in the Early Years Foundation Stage is covered in the “Understanding the World” area of the EYFS Curriculum. It is introduced indirectly through activities that encourage every child to explore, problem solve, observe, predict, think about, make decisions and talk about the world around them.
During their first years at school children will explore creatures, plants, people and objects in their natural environments. They will observe and manipulate objects and materials to identify differences and similarities. They will also learn to use their senses, e.g. – feeling different materials and textures or listening to sounds in the environment. They will make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur – they will also talk about changes.
Children will be encouraged to ask questions about why things happen and how things work. They might do activities such as increasing the incline of a slope to observe how fast something travels, or opening a mechanical toy to see how it works. We provide opportunities for children to explore Science in the local community, taking advantage of the natural environment and engaging with relevant STEM initiatives.
Children will also be asked questions about what they think will happen to help them communication, plan, investigate, record and evaluate findings.