Science

Science is a systematic investigation of the physical, chemical and biological aspects of the world which relies on first-hand experiences and on other sources of information. The scientific process and pupils’ problem-solving activities will be used to deepen their understanding of the concepts involved. The main aspects of science to be studied will be determined by the programmes of study of the National Curriculum 2014.

Foundation Stage pupils investigate science as part of Knowledge and Understanding of the World. Children are encouraged to investigate through practical experience: teachers guide the children and plan opportunities that allow the children to experience and learn whilst experimenting for themselves. By careful planning, pupils’ scientific skills and knowledge gained at Key Stage 1 will be consolidated and developed during Key Stage 2.

Pupils in Key Stage 1 will be introduced to science through focused observations and explorations of the world around them. These will be further developed through supported investigations into more independent work at Key Stage 2. The knowledge and content prescribed in the National Curriculum will be introduced throughout both key stages in a progressive and coherent way.

Pupils will be involved in a variety of structured activities and in more open-ended investigative work:

  • activities to develop good observational skills
  • practical activities using measuring instruments which develop pupils’ ability to read scales accurately
  • structured activities to develop understanding of a scientific concept
  • open-ended investigations.

Wherever possible, science work will be related to the real world and everyday examples will be used.

We have mapped out a progression of skills across the school year groups...
The National Curriculum for science can be found by clicking here.
And here is our school science policy...
Some useful documents...