Our Science Curriculum

 “Loving Science for Life 

Excite, Challenge & Question”

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 National Science Initiatives, including National Science Week and have regularly welcomed visitors and STEM Ambassadors into school to enrich the children’s experiences.  Plans for next year’s Science Week in March are already well underway!  

The knowledge and Understanding Content of the Science Curriculum is delivered on a two-year rolling plan for KS1 and KS2.  Working scientifically sills are taught throughout the two years and are the skills and enquiries that drive all the K & U units.

In reception children focus on four key skills, predicting, observing, testing, and concluding and enjoy science activities and discussions that form a sound basis and lights the spark for their continued learning and enthusiasm for science in KS1.

Extending learning opportunities for Science

 

Year 1/2

Year 3/4

Year 5/6

Term

A 2020/21

B 2021/22

A 2020/21

B 2021/22

A 2020/21

B 2021/22

Autumn

Seasonal Changes & Plants (1)

Living things and their habitats (2)

 

Sound (4)

Light (3)

Electricity (4)

 

Forces (5)

 

Light (6)

Electricity (6)

Spring

Animals including humans (1)

Animals including humans (2)

Everyday Materials (1)

Uses of Everyday Materials (2)

Animals including humans (3)

Animals including humans (4)

States of matter (4)

Rocks (3)

Animals including humans (6)

Evolution and Inheritance (6)

Properties and changes of materials (5)

 

Summer

Plants (1)

Plants (2)

 

Animals including Humans (1)

Animals including Humans (2)

Plants (3)

Living things and their Habitats (4)

 

Forces & Magnets (3)

Living things and their habitats (5)

Living things and their habitats (6)

Earth and Space (5)

 

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