“They make good progress in subjects such as science because you give them so many opportunities for practical investigations in physics, chemistry and biology.” Ofsted February 2019
The teaching of Science for your child will be based, as far as possible, on the immediate experience of their own environment. They should acquire the skills and attitude that enables them to observe carefully and systematically and find patterns in observations, to note similarities
and differences, to make generalisations, to set up fair tests and devise simple experiments and to use tools for a planned purpose.
In KS 1 pupils are taught science for an hour a week by the class teacher through theme work and it is often linked to foundation subjects like geography, history and technology. In KS 2 pupils are taught science as a discrete subject for two hours a week by the class teacher, Again the science topic often links to foundation subjects taught in that term. For more information about how they are, linked see the 2 year plans and termly learning overviews that are sent out to parents.
PlanBee units are often used as a starting point for lesson sequencing but then are adapted to the specific class with supplementary activities, videos and resources. Assessment is made after discussion with the children, looking at their weekly work, observation of investigation work and end of unit customised assessments and quizzes. In Class 3 and 4 we use the Naturetrek Educational mini-SATS assessment series. This is then recorded on the science assessment grid.
Every year our Y5s go to a local secondary school for a science investigation transition.
See below the science objectives taught in each science topic in each school year.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS OVERVIEWS
Below you will see more details about the knowledge key vocabulary and investigative skills developed in each topic in KS 1, lower KS 2 and upper KS 2.
Y1 and 2 Knowledge and skills overviews
Y3 and 4 Knowledge and skills overviews
Y5 and 6 Knowledge and skills overviews