Science stimulates and excites natural curiosity and we recognise its importance as an integral part of school life and as a core subject. We follow the National Curriculum objectives for science and plan exciting, investigational lessons based around these, aiming to capture the children's imagination and allow them to ask vital questions with hands on experiences. We aim to inspire an appreciation of the value of science in our ever-evolving world and encourage respect for living organisms and physical surroundings. We facilitate broad, thorough and interactive science learning, with a balance of knowledge and skills. We use interesting, thought provoking scientific resources, practical activities and equipment to encourage reflective and progressive learning. Our science is enriched with a strong local community and valuable links to other schools to enhance progression and extend knowledge at every opportunity within purposeful contexts.
Children are taught to understand and use correct scientific vocabulary based on the objectives, concepts and skills being used. We aim to develop their enjoyment of science by acquiring memorable experiences. Practical learning is at the core of our science planning and we link science to other curriculum areas. Children use and apply English and Maths skills with science including: research, observation, classification and grouping, comparing and fair testing, defining and explaining, gathering, measuring, illustrating, surveying, designing, presenting, recording, predicting and concluding. Links are also made to all other curriculum areas and to Rights Respecting School, Rights of the Child and P4C. Opportunities for outdoor learning are provided wherever possible and have a beneficial impact on science learning across school.
This term Year 2/3 and 4/5/6 will explore electricity after completing their work on sound and light. They will then move on to Earth and space later in the term. Year 2/3 will identify electrical appliances, draw a simple circuit and series circuit using correct symbols, use a switch, predict and test if the bulb will light in different circuits and give examples of conductors and insulators. Year 4/5/6 will learn how to change the brightness of a bulb, draw circuit diagrams using correct symbols and investigate conductors/insulators to complete a circuit.
In Year 1/Reception, the children will explore materials after completing work on bulbs, seasons and senses, followed by forces and trees later in the term.
Our focus scientists are Leonardo da Vinci and Thomas Edison
You can see the National Curriculum Science Programmes of study by clicking on the link below