Science

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Science at Wharton Church of England Primary School

Our children are entitled to be taught the key knowledge and skills in the scientific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics and to develop an understanding of the world around them at an age-appropriate level and in line with the National Curriculum. We aim to harness children’s natural excitement and curiosity and inspire them to pursue scientific enquiry. Throughout the primary years, children should learn to explain and analyse phenomena, make predictions and solve problems. Teachers should aim to nurture a love for the natural world, excitement for future possibilities in science and provide many opportunities for pupils to respond creatively in their learning.

Science in Key Stage 1
In Key Stage 1, the science curriculum provides children with opportunities to explore and experience the world around them. Through the topics, the children are encouraged to think scientifically and ask questions about what they notice. Furthermore, they are taught to use simple scientific language when sharing their thoughts, ideas and observations.

Science units in Key Stage 1
Throughout key stage 1, the children will cover the following scientific units:

  • Plants
  • Animals, including humans
  • Everyday materials
  • Seasonal Change
  • Living things and their habitats

Working Scientifically in Key Stage 1
In Key Stage 1, children will learn to use the following methods, processes and skills:

  • Asking simple questions (for example, 'What would happen if I didn't give a plant water?')
  • Observing closely, using simple equipment such as a magnifying glass
  • Identifying and classifying
  • Using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • Gathering and recording data to help in answering questions

 
 

Science in Lower Key 2
Across Year 3 and 4, the children are encouraged to raise their own questions about the world we live in through participating in a range of scientific enquiries and experiences. They also start to make their own decisions about the most appropriate scientific enquiry to use to answer the questions they have.

Science units in Lower Key Stage 2
Across Year 3 and 4, the children will cover the following scientific units:

  • Plants
  • Animals, including humans
  • Rocks
  • Light
  • Forces and magnets
  • Living things and their habitats
  • States of matter
  • Sound
  • Electricity


Working scientifically in Lower Key Stage 2
Within lower key stage 2, pupils will cover the following practical scientific methods and skills:

  • Asking relevant questions
  • Using different types of scientific enquiries
  • Setting up simple practical enquiries
  • Making systematic and careful observations and taking accurate measurements
  • Using a range of equipment
  • Gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data
  • Reporting on findings from enquiries
  • Using results to draw simple conclusions
  • Identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes 

 
 

Science in Upper Key Stage 2
The main focus of science in Year 5 and 6 is to develop a deeper and more secure understanding of a wide and varied range of scientific ideas. The children will build on existing knowledge and be given opportunities to select the most appropriate ways to answer science questions using different types of scientific enquiry.

 

Science units in Upper Key Stage 2
Throughout upper key stage 2, the children will cover the following scientific units
:

  • Animals, including humans
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Properties and changes of materials
  • Earth and space
  • Forces
  • Evolution and inheritance
  • Light
  • Electricity

Working scientifically in Upper Key Stage 2
Within upper key stage 2, the children will cover the following practical scientific methods and skills
:

  • Planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions
  • Recognising and controlling variables 
  • Taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment
  • Recording data and results
  • Using test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests
  • Reporting and presenting findings from enquiries
  • Identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments

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