Science is one of the core National Curriculum subjects that is taught weekly across all age ranges. Lessons help to develop children’s processes of scientific enquiry by providing opportunities to question, observe, devise and set up scientific tests, predict outcomes and interpret results. In Science pupils will learn to think, make decisions and solve problems. Children are taught to use equipment safely and thoughtfully. They are taught to record their findings in a variety of ways. We use the outdoor environment to enrich many of our topics such as life cycles and minibeasts. Each year we have a whole school Science Week with a focused topic for us to explore. Parents are encouraged to take part and enjoy the week’s activities.
KS1 and KS2 follow a 2-year rolling programme of topics. Topics lead with science, history or geography as its central theme. Whilst science may take the central theme during certain topics, Science is taught weekly in all classes. Where possible, the science unit will be linked to the class topic or given a purposeful learning context. Guidelines recommend that KS1 children should spend 90 minutes per week on science learning and KS2 children 120 minutes per week.
KS1 Science Topics KS2 Science Topic
Food Glorious Food Chocolate
Animal Kingdom Active Planet
Our Brilliant Bodies Need for Speed
Flower Power Core unit throughout all topics
In April 2017, we launched our very exciting Outdoor School science curriculum. This sees children spending considerable time learning about science in the outside environment. The purpose is to bring learning to life through active engagement with the local area. This includes making an educational link with Greys Farm (500 acres of meadow) to support children’s engagement with the science curriculum. We are also developing opportunities to learn outside the classroom in the school grounds. Children worked hard in the summer term towards gaining a ‘Countryside Citizen’ award which means they have been able to take some learning away and develop an aspect at home.