The philosophy of Science within the school is to make it fun and to make it as investigative based as we can. This will enable us to instill a sense of enquiry and lead to an understanding of the scientific thinking skills and generate a passion for Science.
We follow the National Curriculum for science, which was revised in September 2014. Our aim is to ensure that all pupils:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
The order of delivery of these topic areas may vary from year to year. Please note that some major topic areas, such as Animals, including Humans, are revisited due to extensive content and the intention to secure progression in pupils’ knowledge and understanding.
Key Stage 1 pupils will:
- explore the world around them
- carry out scientific enquiries
- learn how to answer scientific questions
- compare objects, materials and living things
- sort and group objects, materials and living things
- notice patterns and relationships by observing changes over time
- use simple measurements and equipment to gather data
- carry out simple tests and record simple data.
Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4) pupils will:
- ask relevant questions and use different types of scientific enquiry to answer them
- make systematic and careful observations, using a range of equipment
- gather, record, classify and present data to help answer questions
- record findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts and tables
- report on findings from enquiries
- use results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions
- identify differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes
- use scientific evidence to answer questions.
Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6) pupils will:
- plan different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, recognising and controlling variables where necessary
- take measurements with a wide range of scientific equipment with increasing accuracy and precision
- record data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs
- use test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests
- report and present findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanation of an degree of trust in results
- identify scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments.