“A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.” National Curriculum 2014
Science provides the foundation for understanding the world around us. We recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. It can not only teach pupils about the world they live in, but also how to study it and make sense of various phenomena. As such, it is a fundamental aspect of all children’s learning.
Children are naturally curious. At Addmore Federation we nurture this curiosity within our Science lessons to allow children time ask questions and develop new knowledge and skills. A core subject, along with English and Mathematics, science is an important part of the primary curriculum. Our curriculum allows children the opportunity to investigate new problems, learn how science works through practical investigations and discover how science works in the world around them.
We have carefully planned our science curriculum in line with the national curriculum for science which aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
Our aims in teaching science are:
- to develop pupils’ enjoyment and interest in science and an appreciation of its contribution to all aspects of everyday life;
- to build on pupils’ curiosity and sense of awe of the natural world;
- to use a planned range of investigations and practical activities to give pupils a greater understanding of the concepts and knowledge of science;
- to introduce pupils to the language and vocabulary of science;
- to develop pupils’ basic practical skills and their ability to make accurate and appropriate measurements;
- to develop pupils’ use of computing in their science studies;
- to extend the learning environment for our pupils via our environmental areas and the locality;
- to promote a ‘healthy lifestyle’ in our pupils.
What does Science look like in Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)?
During EYFS, children will begin to understand the world around them through play, enabling environments and activities that promote curiosity. Children will begin to explore similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things and are encouraged to ask questions about what they see. Children will discover more about their own environment and compare this with other. Children will be given the opportunity to make careful observations of animals, plants, materials and other objects and begin to explain why they thinks certain things happen.
What does science look like in Key Stage 1?
During KS1 children will experience and observe phenomena, looking closely at the world around them. Children are encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice. They begin to develop an understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions, including observing changes, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative tests, and finding things out using different sources of information. They will also begin to explore and us simple scientific language to talk about what they have found out and communicate their ideas. Most of the science learning is done through fun and exciting, first-hand practical experiences.
What does science look like in Key Stage 2?
In Key stage 2 pupils are supported to broaden their scientific view of the world around them. They do this through exploring, talking about, testing and developing ideas about everyday science. They will discover relationships between living things and familiar environments, and begin to develop ideas about functions, relationships and interactions. Children are supported to ask their own questions about what they observe and make some decisions about which types of scientific enquiry will help them to find the answer. In KS2 Children are encouraged to observe changes over time, notice patterns, group and classify things, carry out simple, comparative and fair tests and find out new information using different resources and sources. They draw simple conclusions and use some scientific language, first, to talk about it and, later, to write about what they have found out.
Our science curriculum is carefully planned around key topic themes. Our rolling programme of science content allows key concepts to be revisited in a two-year rolling programme, which links the national curriculum with our overarching topic themes.
We integrate our Curriculum Drivers into all of our units of work. science supports the delivery of our Curriculum Drivers:
- Exploring Opportunities – We enhance learning by taking part in educational visits as well as welcoming visitors to our school for talks and demonstrations.
- Outdoor Education - We take every opportunity to plan lessons that take part outdoors. This could be in our school grounds or the local community.
- Christian Values - Our Christian Values underpin all that we do in our school and exemplify the qualities we hope to instil in our pupils before they leave us. Science enables us to reinforce our Christian Values e.g. Perseverance – resilience and persistence when faced with new challenges. Courage – challenging the status quo; developing views; thankfulness, respect, responsibility – for our natural world; trust, patience – teamwork, problem-solving, field work.
- Learning for Life – We want our children develop a love of learning, so that they continue to be curious and learn throughout their lives.
- Our Place in the World – We want our pupils to be considerate, kind and thoughtful citizens and to value all life and our planet. Science plays a big part in this driver as we support pupils to develop a good understanding of their local community, the wider world and their place in it.
How the national curriculum for science fits into the delivery of our school curriculum is detailed on the downloadable documents listed at the bottom of this page.