We promote an inclusive science curriculum that supports and challenges all children, providing lessons that are rich in new scientific experiences and investigative discussions, as well as physical experiments and observations. Our approach to science encourages discovery and enables children to be enthused and excited about the world around them. We want our children to obtain a solid knowledge about health and safety, growth and how their own bodies work, whilst using accurate vocabulary to explain their findings and conclusions about how and why things happen.
In Key Stage 1, children will look closely at the natural and humanly-constructed world around them; they will be encouraged to be curious and ask questions about their observations. They will develop their understanding of science through enquiry to answer their own questions, including carrying out investigations, comparative tests, grouping and classifying, noticing patterns and observing change. This will broaden their range of scientific language and help children to communicate their findings. Most of their learning will come from working scientifically through practical experiences, venturing through units such as animal and plant identification, the body and seasons in Year 1, then moving through units such as habitats, growth and materials in Year 2.
In Key Stage 2, children will broaden their view of the world and deepen their understanding of a range of scientific ideas. They will explore, discuss, test and analyse in order to develop their knowledge whilst also making cross-curricular links in lessons. If not before, in Key Stage 2, it is important that we encourage the understanding of science in wider life and potential job prospects that are underpinned by a scientific background. In lower Key Stage 2, children will work through units such as plants, rocks and fossils, forces, digestion, sound and circuits. In upper Key Stage 2, children will work through units such as life cycles, reproduction, earth and space, evolution, healthy bodies and light.
Throughout their science education, children will be exposed to stimulating experiences including trips, using equipment and visitors from a scientific background or workplace. This will provide them with opportunities to ask inquisitive questions and lead their own learning to find answers or explanations.