Science

Science stimulates and excites pupils’ curiosity about events and phenomena in the world around them.  It gives pupils the opportunity to question and discuss Science based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world.  We aim to provide experiences and support to enable the children to develop scientifically. Science is based on the children’s first hand experiences.

    Intent 

    The school aims to; 

    Stimulate and excite pupils’ curiosity about changes and events in the world. 

    Satisfy the children’s curiosity with knowledge. 

     Help develop and extend the children’s Scientific concepts of their world. 

     Encourage the development of investigation, exploration, collaboration, observation, evaluation and inspiration. 

     Carry out planned safe practical activities. 

    Develop the use of scientific language, recording and techniques. 

     Enable children to become effective communicators of scientific ideas, facts and data. 

     Make cross-curricular links with other areas of the curriculum. 

    Build upon children’s scientific skills, knowledge and experiences so that their knowledge and understanding is deepened and enriched as they progress through the School. 

     Encourage the development of positive attitudes to Science. 

    IMPLEMETATION 

    At St. Thomas More First School, we base our teaching on the National Curriculum Programmes of Study and this is particularly helpful with ensuring that there is continuity and progression. The National Curriculum document for Science sets out a clear, full and statutory requirement for all children. It determines the content of what will be taught, and sets attainment targets for learning. The programmes of study set out what should be taught at Key Stage 1 and 2 and The Foundation Stage programmes of study for Understanding of the World are set out in the EYFS. 

    Foundation Stage 

    Pupils in the Foundation Stage develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in Science through Knowledge and Understanding of the World (KUW).  A range of activities related to their everyday experiences are provided. Children are encouraged to handle, explore and investigate objects and materials in and outside of the classroom as to develop their questioning skills. 

     

    Key Stage 1 

    Children follow the same scheme of learning each year with extension for the Year 2 pupils. 

    Pupils will ask simple questions, observe closely, perform simple tests, identify and classify, observe and answer questions and gather and record data 

    The children will study Plants, Animals including Humans, Everyday Materials, Seasonal Changes, and Living Things and their Habitats. 

     

    Key Stage 2 

    Children extend their knowledge from Key Stage 1. They will ask questions, set up practical tests, making careful observations, gather and present data, record and report their findings and use results to draw simple conclusions. 

    The children will cover all topics in the National Curriculum during the two year cycle. 

    Cycle 1 topics are Light, Rocks, Electricity, Sound and Living Things and their Habitats. 

    Cycle 2 topics are Animals Including Humans (The Human Body) Forces and Magnets, States of matter and Plants.  

    National curriculum in England: science programmes of study – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

    Early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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