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).
At St. Luke's, we aim to develop children’s sense of excitement, curiosity, knowledge and conceptual understanding about the world through biology, chemistry and physics. We also aim to teach children the methods, processes and uses of Science today and for the future.
- Through biology, we aim for children to develop their knowledge of plants, animals, including humans, living things & habitats and evolution & inheritance.
- Through chemistry, we aim for children to develop their knowledge of rocks, everyday materials, properties & changes of materials and states of matter.
- Through physics, we aim for children to develop their knowledge of light, sounds, forces & magnets, seasonal changes, earth & space and electricity.
- Through working scientifically, we aim for children to use a variety of approaches to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, collect data and analyse causes. Scientific enquiry focuses on asking and answering scientific questions about the world.
As a school that promotes global citizenship in Science, we aim to encourage children to:
- Engage with the social, cultural and economic contexts in which scientific enquiry takes place.
- Consider the contribution of science to debates around sustainable development and climate change.
- Explore the contributions of different cultures to science.
How do we teach Science at St. Luke's?
Science learning is based on an enquiry approach with different types of enquiries being carried out as often as possible to enable children to learn to work scientifically and apply their knowledge.
At St. Luke’s, scientific enquiry focuses of 5 enquiry types:
- Pattern seeking,
- Observing over time,
- Identifying and classifying,
- Comparative and fair testing,
- 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).
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.
For the specific units taught in each year group, please refer to our curriculum maps.