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Science remains a core subject in the 2014 National curriculum and achievement against national standards is reported at the end of Key Stage 1 (Y2) and Key Stage 2 (Y6).

 

Aims:

  • develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about the natural world
  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics through, where possible, investigation and first-hand experience
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future

 

How do we teach Science at St. Luke's? 

Science learning is based on an ‘enquiry’ approach, investigations being carried out as often as possible to enable children to learn to work scientifically.  Following every unit of work, an assessment task is carried out and recorded in a Science Journal, which remains with each child as they progress through school.

 

'Working scientifically' includes observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources.  We encourage pupils to seek answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data.  In Key stage 2 we use post-it planners to develop our Scientific enquiry skills (see example worksheet below).

 

For the specific units taught in each year group, please refer to our curriculum maps.

Picture 1 Y5 brain power at the Winchester Science Centre
Picture 2 Y5 at Winchester Science Centre
Picture 3 Y5 at Winchester Science Centre
Picture 4 Working scientifically investigating absorbency
Picture 5 Y1 making thermometers
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