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Science

Science is given a high priority as a core subject. It is recognised as an active, practical subject and children are encouraged to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding through first-hand experience where ever possible.

 

Key Stage 1

In Reception and Key Stage 1, science is generally integrated into a topic approach.

 

Areas of Subject Knowledge:

Over the course of key stage 1, pupils will cover the following scientific units:

  • Plants
  • Animals, including humans
  • Everyday materials
  • Seasonal Change
  • Living things and their habitats

 

Areas of Working Scientifically:

Within key stage 1, pupils will cover the following practical scientific methods and skills:

  • asking simple questions
  • observing closely, using simple equipment
  • performing simple tests
  • identifying and classifying
  • gathering and recording data

 

 

Key Stage 2

Science is approached through separate science themes.

Lower Key Stage 2

 

Areas of Subject Knowledge:

Over the course of lower key stage 2, pupils will cover the following scientific units:

  • Plants
  • Animals, including humans
  • Rocks
  • Light
  • Forces and magnets
  • Living things and their habitats
  • States of matter
  • Sound
  • Electricity

 

Areas of Working Scientifically:

Within lower key stage 2, pupils will cover the following practical scientific methods and skills:

  • asking relevant questions
  • using different types of scientific enquiries
  • setting up simple practical enquiries
  • making systematic and careful observations and taking accurate measurements
  • using a range of equipment
  • gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data
  • reporting on findings from enquiries
  • using results to draw simple conclusions
  • identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes

 

Upper Key Stage 2

 

Areas of Subject Knowledge:

Over the course of upper key stage 2, pupils will cover the following scientific units:

  • Animals, including humans
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Properties and changes of materials
  • Earth and space
  • Forces
  • Evolution and inheritance
  • Light
  • Electricity

 

Areas of Working Scientifically:

Within upper key stage 2, pupils will cover the following practical scientific methods and skills:

  • planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions
  • recognising and controlling variables
  • taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment
  • recording data and results
  • using test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests
  • reporting and presenting findings from enquiries
  • identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments

 

 

Mrs Johnson, our specialist teacher, delivers the science curriculum in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.

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