This curriculum area links to Understanding the world which involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Key Stage 1 - years 1- 2
The principal focus of science teaching in Key Stage 1 is to enable pupils to experience and observe phenomena, looking more closely at the natural and humanly-constructed world around them. During years 1 and 2, pupils should be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content:
Asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways
Observing closely, using simple equipment
Performing simple tests
Identifying and classifying
Using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
Gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.
Lower Key Stage 2 – years 3-4
The principal focus of science teaching in lower Key Stage 2 is to enable pupils to broaden their scientific view of the world around them. They do this through exploring, talking about, testing and developing ideas about everyday phenomena and the relationships between living things and familiar environments, and by beginning to develop their ideas about functions, relationships and interactions. Pupils should read and spell scientific vocabulary correctly and with confidence, using their growing word reading and spelling knowledge.
Upper Key Stage 2 – years 5-6
The principal focus of science teaching in upper Key Stage 2 is to enable pupils to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas. They do this through exploring and talking about their ideas; asking their own questions about scientific phenomena; and analysing functions, relationships and interactions more systematically. At upper Key Stage 2, pupils encounter more abstract ideas and begin to recognise how these ideas help them to understand and predict how the world operates.
For more information please contact the subject co-ordinator, Mrs Broomhead, alternatively please look at your child's class page.
The Science National Curriculum can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-science-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-science-programmes-of-study