Our Science curriculum follows an investigational approach linked to all national curriculum topics. Questions are based around knowledge, skills and understanding and allow pupils to be taught essential skills alongside the national curriculum requirements. Children are given time to reflect and review their learning, enabling them to ask further scientific questions and evaluate their investigations.
In Early Years and Key Stage 1, the teaching of Science allows pupils to experience and observe, looking closely at the natural and human world around them. They are encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice. By using different types of scientific enquiry to answer the investigational questions, children will be able to discuss patterns, groups, classify things and carry out simple comparative tests. Pupils will gather and record evidence to answer initial questions and children will begin to use simple scientific language when talking about what they have found out, using a variety of ways to communicate their ideas.
In Key Stage 2 pupils will broaden their scientific view of the world around them. They will do this through exploring, talking about, testing and developing ideas about everyday relationships between living things and the environment around them. By the end of Key Stage 2, pupils will have developed a deeper understanding of a wide range of ideas. They do this through talking about their own ideas and asking their own questions about scientific phenomena. They will also be able to select the most appropriate ways to answer scientific questions and recognise that there may be multiple answers to their initial questions - this should trigger further scientific investigations. . Underpinning all of this will be a programme of working and thinking scientifically.
Key Stage 1