“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.”
– Edwin Powell Hubble
Science is a wonderful subject to develop the key skills of curiosity, perseverance, reflecting and thinking. In our school we aim for Science to be as practical and as meaningful to everyday life as we can. Science is taught the topic units (see Topic overview) and each half term there is a Science ‘focus’.
For children who love Science we have a Science club for KS2 pupils and we also take part in Science week where the children get to showcase experiments at the Science fair. We work in collaboration with other secondary and primary schools to promote STEM and the children take part in a STEM conference and fair yearly where they can explore these subjects in depth and share their experiences with other children in the borough.
- to develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific
disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics;
- to 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;
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications
of science, today and for the future.
In both KS1 and KS2 pupils will carry out scientific enquiries and be encouraged to work
They will be given regular opportunities to:observe over time
- look for patterns in their observations and results
- identify, classify and group
- carry out controlled investigations using comparisons and fair testing methodology
- research using secondary sources
- present their findings clearly, precisely and coherently, using scientific vocabulary.
- There is one new topic area introduced at Key Stage 1: seasonal changes
- Two new topic areas have been introduced at Key Stage 2: rocks and evolution and inheritance
- Some aspects of the curriculum that were previously studied at KS1 have been moved to KS2
- The working scientifically section in both key stages has a focus on practical and hands-on science, including the use of simple equipment to carry out basic experiments.
- Progression is shown year-by-year – but as a guide only. It will be for teachers to set out their year-by-year approach in their school curriculum.
- “Scientific enquiry” has been renamed as “Working scientifically”
- “Life processes and living things” has been split into three parts: “Animals including humans”, “Plants” and “Living things and their habitats”.
- “Materials and their properties” has been split into two parts: “Everyday materials” and “Uses of everyday materials”.
- Overall, there is a greater focus on animals, animal habitats, food chains and trees; several elements of the KS2 curriculum on these topics have been moved to KS1.
- Several elements of the previous curriculum have been moved to KS2 – see below for details.
- Learning about “fair and unfair tests”, previously studied at KS1, has been moved to KS2.
- KS2 students will also study heating and cooling, which has also been moved from the KS1 curriculum.
- “Physical processes”, previously studied at KS1, has been moved to KS2 and split into six parts: “Electricity”, “Forces and magnets”, “Forces”, “Light”, “Sound” and “Earth and space”.
- New learning objectives have been added on pitch and volume of sound; the movement of planets in our solar system, including the Moon; how light travels; the patterns of shadows; the human digestive system and nutrition for animals and humans.
Science at St. Ignatius Primary School is always fun and engaging.