The school’s intent for Science learning focusses on developing their knowledge, skills and understanding of both science facts and science phenomena. In the Autumn Term, the science curriculum focusses on elements of Science that the children will feel familiar with and can relate to. Light occurs during the Autumn Term for Year 6 due to the nature of the curriculum requiring darker light so that children can investigate how it travels. In contrast to this, Year 3 study light in the Summer Term as their curriculum focusses on the forming of shadows which is greatly enhanced by the sunlight. Electricity is taught in Year 4 in the Autumn Term to prepare them for their Spring DT focus, so that this initial learning can be used to design and make in DT.
Our Spring Term focus on Scientists and Inventors which links directly with our curriculum intent to “encourage our children to be aspirational so they can reach their true potential” as it allows children opportunities to see how Science has contributed to our lives now and how they could also be part of Science by promoting the children’s Science Capital. Science weeks enable the school to build upon that as well as harbouring part of our science vision and principles which is to enjoy the awe and wonder of science too. This also allows children to communicate and create in a variety of ways linking to our curriculum intent to “Develop language, vocabulary and communication skills.” This unit allows children to find out more about significant scientific developments in history that have led to many everyday activities which they make take for granted as well as understanding that not all scientific developments were for the best (KS2).
Plants and living things in the Spring Term lend themselves to working outdoors in the environment, allowing children to work scientifically in their school grounds and beyond – looking at habitats and how plants grow. It also lends itself to observing changes in plants over time. Separating Animals, including Humans in KS1 over both terms in the summer allows for children to make clear and focussed comparisons between the two areas. Human science in Summer Term 2 links with our Well-Being Week focussing on healthy eating, body and mind well-being and physical activities. These also link directly with our school’s intent to “support the social and emotional development of our children” and to “encourage children to be active.”
Throughout all units of science teaching, scientific skills will be taught ensuring that children are exposed to a wide range of activities and learning styles associated with science. Links with Computing using data loggers and digital thermometers, as well as online resources to allow for children to use science alongside modern technologies too. Linking to our curriculum intent to “develop language and vocabulary”, children will be able to use the correct scientific vocabulary in context and with deeper understanding so as to develop conclusions and make justified predictions.