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At Grimley & Holt CE Primary School, we aim to ensure our children leave us with a lifelong love of Science.  We do this by our three main principles to what makes good science teaching and learning, we believe science is good when we ‘Excite, Challenge & Question.’

Excite – Teachers plan fast paced, hands on enquiry lessons which quickly grab the children’s attention and sustain their interest throughout through hands on activities. Children are excited to learn Science and stay on task with their learning and understand the knowledge and skills they have developed during a lesson.

Challenge – Teachers know where children are through on-going assessment for learning activities.  They plan activities to consolidate and build on prior learning and children know how they can move their own learning on.  Children feel safe to suggest answers even if they are unsure and see no failure in being wrong but only satisfaction and success to learn something new.

Question – Questioning is used effectively by teachers to stimulate discussion, for assessment for learning and to extend learning in the classroom.  Children’s natural curiosity and experience of enquiry means children develop their confidence and independence in generating their own questions and understand there are different ways of answering a question.

Our Vision for Science teaching and learning ‘Excite, Challenge, Question’ is the key to the curious and engaged learners that we see.  Taught through an enquiry approach, we aim to foster a lifelong love of science and learning in all our learners.  As children carry out enquiries, they develop skills of observing, measuring, predicting, recording, interpreting, reflecting and evaluating and can transfer these skills in other areas of the curriculum. Children use Technology regularly in science lessons where it will enhance their learning, for example, using dataloggers to measure sound or an app to record and present their results.

We regularly take part in a range of National Science Initiatives, including National Science Week and Great Science Share and regularly welcome visitors and STEM Ambassadors into our school to enrich the children’s science experiences.    

The knowledge and Understanding content of the Science Curriculum is delivered on a two-year rolling plan for KS1 and KS2.  Working scientifically skills are built on throughout the two years and enquiry questions drive all the children’s learning.

In reception, children focus on four key skills, predicting, observing, testing, and concluding and enjoy science activities and discussions that lights the spark for their enthusiasm for science. Science concepts are introduced through Mantle of the Expert topics and this forms a sound basis for their continuing learning journey.

 

Whole School Science Curriculum Coverage 2022/2023 Cycle A

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Reception

Seasonal changes, living things, weather.

(Senses topic)

Seasonal changes, living things, weather, earth & space.

(Party Planners)

Seasonal changes, living things & their habitats, sea animals, weather.

(Aquarium)

Seasonal changes, living things, weather.

(Aquarium)

Seasonal changes, living things, weather

(Fairy tale Problems Solvers)

Seasonal changes, living things, plants and animals, weather.

(Garden centre)

Year 1/2

Seasonal Change (1) Ongoing

Plants (1)

Animals including humans (1) & (2)

Plants (1)

Animals including humans (2)

Plants (1)

Plants (2)

Animals including humans (1) & (2)

Year 3/4

Light (3)

Sound (4)

Animals including Humans (3) & (4)

Animals including Humans (3) & (4)

Plants (3)

Plants (3)

Year 5/6

Forces (5)

Animals including Humans (6)

Living things & their habitats (5 Animal Focused)

Animals including Humans (5)

Evolution & Inheritance (6 animal focussed)

Living things & their habitats (5 Plant focussed)

Evolution & Inheritance (6 plant focussed)

Living things & their habitats (6)

 

Whole School Science Curriculum Coverage 2023/2024 Cycle B

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Reception

Seasonal changes, living things, weather.

(Senses topic)

Seasonal changes, living things, weather, earth & space.

(Party Planners)

Seasonal changes, living things & their habitats, sea animals, weather.

(Aquarium)

Seasonal changes, living things, weather.

(Aquarium)

Seasonal changes, living things, weather

(Fairy tale Problems Solvers)

Seasonal changes, living things, plants and animals, weather.

(Garden centre)

Year 1/2

Animals including humans (1)

Living things & their habitats (1) & (2)

Everyday materials (1)

Uses of Everyday Materials (2)

Living things & their habitats (2)

Living things & their habitats (2)

Year 3/4

Forces & Magnets (3)

Electricity (4)

Rocks (3)

States of Matter (4)

Living things & their habitats (4)

Animals Including Humans (4)

Year 5/6

Earth & Space (5)

Earth & Space (5)

Properties and changes of materials (5)

Properties and changes of materials (5 & 6)

Electricity (6)

Light (6)

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