Science is taught across all key stages within the school and takes a prominent place in the school curriculum. As an Academy, we realise that a solid foundation in all of the areas of science is vital in ensuring our pupils have the greatest chance of success at Secondary and beyond. Through following the National Curriculum Programmes of study for Key Stages 1 and 2, we ensure that the children receive a well balanced curriculum that prepares them well for future learning.
Our aim as science teachers is to do more than impart facts and knowledge, although this is clearly important; it is to make the children curious about the world around them and how it works. We believe that we have the greatest chance of success by making the children enthusiastic about the subject matter in front of them, and allowing them to take a practical enquiry based approach to their learning that develops skills far beyond the acquisition of knowledge and facts.
Key elements of our approach to the teaching of science
- Our approach to science is driven by an approach that puts scientific enquiry at the heart of science teaching.
- It is set out to sustain pupils’ natural curiosity, so that they are eager to learn the subject content as well as develop the necessary investigative skills.
- It is informed by accurate and timely assessment of how well the children are developing their understanding of science concepts, to ensure that the teaching is adapted to meet the needs of every child.
- We try to develop literacy and mathematics skills throughout science to allow the children to see the connections and make links between different parts of the curriculum.
- In order to enthuse and engage we try to make science FUN!
Science in KS1
The principal focus of science teaching in key stage 1 is to enable pupils to experience and observe phenomena, looking more closely at the natural and humanly-constructed world around them. They should be encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice. They should be helped to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions, including observing changes over a period of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative tests, and finding things out using secondary sources of information. They should begin to use simple scientific language to talk about what they have found out and communicate their ideas to a range of audiences in a variety of ways. Most of the learning about science should be done through the use of first-hand practical experiences, but there should also be some use of appropriate secondary sources, such as books, photographs and videos.
Science in Lower KS2
The principal focus of science teaching in lower key stage 2 is to enable pupils to broaden their scientific view of the world around them. They should do this through exploring, talking about, testing and developing ideas about everyday phenomena and the relationships between living things and familiar environments, and by beginning to develop their ideas about functions, relationships and interactions. They should ask their own questions about what they observe and make some decisions about which types of scientific enquiry are likely to be the best ways of answering them, including observing changes over time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative and fair tests and finding things out using secondary sources of information. They should draw simple conclusions and use some scientific language, first, to talk about and, later, to write about what they have found out.
Science in Upper KS2
The principal focus of science teaching in upper key stage 2 is to enable pupils to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas. They should do this through exploring and talking about their ideas; asking their own questions about scientific phenomena; and analysing functions, relationships and interactions more systematically. At upper key stage 2, they should encounter more abstract ideas and begin to recognise how these ideas help them to understand and predict how the world operates. They should also begin to recognise that scientific ideas change and develop over time. They should select the most appropriate ways to answer science questions using different types of scientific enquiry, including observing changes over different periods of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out comparative and fair tests and finding things out using a wide range of secondary sources of information. Pupils should draw conclusions based on their data and observations, use evidence to justify their ideas, and use their scientific knowledge and understanding to explain their findings.
For further information please feel free to download a copy of the new National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Key Stage 1 and 2 below