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Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. All pupils should be taught essential aspects of ‘Big Ideas’ in Science which include knowledge and understanding. They should also be taught methods of working scientifically and the uses of Science. Pupils should be inspired to ask questions and decide upon the most suitable method to answer these, enabling them to then learn about themes within the categories of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

 

Through providing strong Scientific foundations and building upon these yearly, pupils will make the individual achievements and attainment required whilst developing a sense of excitement and curiosity through practical application. They should be encouraged to understand how key knowledge and concepts can be used to explain why things might happen, predict how things behave and analyse causes. Pupils will also be able to realise the wider reach of Science within the local community, wider society and the world as whole.

 

Aims at St John’s Primary School:

  • To develop curiosity, enjoyment, interest and excitement in Science.

  • To develop pupils understanding of key scientific concepts, knowledge and skills.

  • To ensure pupils make links with their previous and existing learning.

  • To ensure pupils understand the relevance of what they are learning.

  • To promote suitable and useful planning linked to assessment thus allowing for coverage of the National curriculum and to enable each pupil to reach at least expected levels.

  • To promote rigorous assessment to show progression of pupils over time.

  • To expose pupils to a range of learning opportunities and methods of recording.

  • To build pupils’ use of scientific vocabulary which they can use with precision as they become skilled.

  • To encourage application of skills across subject areas.

Science Curriculum Map

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Reception

Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

Year 1

Plants

Seasonal Changes

Senses

Plants

Seasonal Changes

Animals Including Humans

Plants

Seasonal Changes

Everyday Materials

Year 2

Living Things and their Habitats

Uses of Everyday Materials

Plants

Animals Including Humans

Skills Development

Enquiry based learning

Year 3

Light

Rocks and Soils

Forces

Plants

Animals Including Humans

Year 4

Living Things and their Habitats

Electricity

Sound

Animals Including Humans

States of Matter

Year 5

Forces

Earth and Space

Properties and changes of Materials

Living things and their Habitats

Animals Including Humans

Year 6

Electricity

Light

Animals Including Humans

Living things and their habitats

Evolution and Inheritance

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