We teach Science to develop in children a curiosity about the natural world and a desire to ask and discover the answers to why? what? and how? We want our children to develop a lifelong love of learning and look after the world around them through our school’s concepts: Questioning, planning, collecting and evaluating.
Science is taught through a range of enquiry-based teaching and learning methods, practical activities, out-of-classroom learning, independent and group work, problem solving, and digital technologies. We have a dedicated area in school to promote the love and learning of Science outside of the classroom and to help children make connections between learning as they progress through school.
Outdoor education sessions with Mr Parker (EYFS-Y6) also provide children with further opportunities to question and explore the world around them.
We assess pupils after each theme with a range of quizzes and questions to determine their knowledge and understanding. We return to this learning regualrly throughout the year through our ‘science meetings’. This is to ensure children recall the infomation regularly to bring it back to their working memories. Teacher assessments are focussed on the key learning intentions and these are recorded for the Science Lead to evaluate.
An example of a science meeting can be seen here – Space – Science meeting
An example of our teacher assessment record can be seen here –Year Five – Earth and Space
Science Curriculum map – 2020/21
Year 1: Animals including humans, Use of everyday materials (Community); Seasonal changes (Journeys & throughout); Plants (Festivals).
Pre-teach – Living things and their habitats.
Year 2: Living things and their habitats (Community) ; Use of everyday Materials (Journeys); Plants & Animals including Humans (Festivals). Pre teach – Forces and Magnets & Light.
Year 3: Plants, Animals including humans & introduce Light (Community); Rocks and Fossils & Light (Journey); Forces and Magnets (Festivals). Pre teach – States of matter.
Year 4: Animals including humans & states of matter (Community); Living things and their habitats (Journey); Sound & Electricity (Festivals). Pre teach – Forces.
Year 5: Animals including humans & Properties and changes of materials (Community); Earth and Space & Forces (Journeys) and living things and their habitats (Festivals). Revisit Animals including Humans (Festivals). Pre teach – Evolution.
Year 6: Light & electricity (Community)Evolution and inheritance (Journey); Living things and their habitats, Animals including Humans (Festivals) Revision block.
We are a Green Tree School!
We have received our Gold Award from the Woodland Trust. The Green Tree Schools Award is awarded for participation in outdoor learning which inspires pupils to look after the world around them. We teach our children to respect the trees, woods and wildlife and take an active role in caring for our planet. Thank you to Mr. Parker for his support and well done to all the children who took part! You are all shining examples.