Subject: Science

Science stimulates and excites pupils’ curiosity about the world around them. The practical element of the curriculum ensures that pupils can test hypothesis and engage with learning in a new manner. Pupils are taught the scientific method to develop and evaluate explanations through experimental modelling. We actively encourage our children to question and discuss science-based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world.

At Key Stage 1, pupils observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and physical phenomena. They begin to work together to collect evidence to help them answer questions and to link this to simple scientific ideas. They begin to evaluate evidence and consider whether tests or comparisons are fair. They use reference materials to find out more about scientific ideas. They share ideas and communicate them using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables.

At Key Stage 2, pupils learn about a much wider range of living things, materials and physical phenomena. They apply their knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas to familiar everyday things and their personal health. They think about the effects of scientific and technological developments on the environment and in other contexts. In addition, they carry out more systematic investigations using a range of reference sources to support their work.

A key component of developing scientific skills is to ask questions such as “Why…?”, “How…?” and “What happens if…?” Lessons in Key Stage 2 develop the skills of enquiry and debate leading to informed observation and communicating of findings. Lessons make effective links with other curriculum areas and subjects, especially English, Maths and Computing. Activities are challenging, motivating and extend pupils’ learning.