Children are naturally curious and passionate about learning. They are investigators by nature who want to learn about everything they see around them. At St Thomas More we teach Science through a mix of discrete and cross curricular topics, which build upon children’s scientific concepts and encourage them to ask probing questions.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage Science is taught through ‘Understanding the World’ where children comment and ask questions about the natural world. They develop their skills of observation, prediction, critical thinking and discussion by talking about why things happen and how things work.
In Key Stage 1 children begin to work together to collect evidence to help them answer questions and to link this to simple scientific ideas. They begin to evaluate evidence and consider whether tests or comparisons are fair. Key scientific skills are developed through practical activities which encourage children to ask their own questions and draw conclusions based on scientific knowledge. Children begin to present their findings in tables and charts and talk about this using some scientific language.
At Key Stage 2 pupils learn about a wider range of living things, materials and physical phenomena. Children are expected to plan, carry out and record systematic investigations. They also talk about their work and its significance, using a wide range of scientific language, diagrams, charts, graphs and ICT to communicate their ideas.
In Key Stage 1 and 2, we follow The National Curriculum programmes of study for Science.