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Science

Science at Kea School 

Intent

At Kea School, we recognise the importance of science and the role it has in providing children with a secure foundation for understanding the world around them. Our science curriculum intends to provide all children with the knowledge and skills to understand the world in which they live, from learning about the world around them to bodies or forces.  We aim to give children different opportunities to become scientists through an engaging curriculum.  By the time they finish Kea School, our pupils will have the right knowledge and investigative skills ready for their secondary education. They will already be able to see the relevance of science in their own lives and imagine future science-related careers based upon it.

Implementation

At Kea, children are taught how to become scientists by exploring and investigating topics linked to the National Curriculum.  We teach meaningful and creative lessons where our children are given the opportunity to develop their own understanding in an engaging way. Children are taught how to plan, create, observe and evaluate their own scientific investigations. It is through these investigations that children can adapt and develop their scientific skills, enabling them to have a deeper understanding about the world and how it works.  At Kea School…

  • Teachers use age-appropriate skills & knowledge progression documents to ensure that learning is progressive throughout the school.  They ensure that the children cover all areas set out in the national curriculum each year.
  • Children are taught to be inquisitive and ask questions in all areas of science.
  • Teachers assess learning at the beginning and end of units to measure progress and attainment.
  • Key scientific vocabulary is taught throughout units to help children have a better understanding of Science.  
  • Children are taught to use different equipment and resources within science to deepen their learning experiences
  • Each topic includes opportunities to work scientifically developing the correct skills needed to be Scientists.
  • Access to quality science texts are available in each classroom and school library and children enjoy reading magazines from our subscription to ‘Whizz Bang Science’.
  • We focus on science as part of the national Science Week.
  • To deepen our scientific skills and experiences, we go on scientific trips where applicable or welcome visitors into school.

Impact

As a result of our curriculum design, all children have the knowledge and skills needed to understand the world around them as scientists. They use the correct scientific skills and knowledge not solely in science but apply these to other areas of the curriculum.  Children understand the role that science has in everyday life and why it is important to continue learning about the world around them.  Children leave Kea School as scientists and a love for the subject.

Mrs Harvey

Science Co-ordinator

Updated September 2021

KS1 and KS2 Science
 
Below are the topics taught during each school year in KS1 and KS2, along with the learning objectives for these. Each teacher will decide which order to teach the units and will let you know in their half termly Parent Overview. Occasionally topics will link with the whole school or Key Stage 'topic' for the half term; other times they will stand alone. 
 
For each year group, you can also see the ‘working scientifically’ objectives for the year. 'Working scientifically' specifies the understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science for each year group. It is not taught as a separate strand and underpins every topic and is taught throughout the year. These skills include questioning, observing, measuring, classifying, recording, predicting and concluding.

Science in Foundation

Learning about science starts in Foundation with our youngest children, embracing their naturally inquisitive nature to everything around them.  During their time in Foundation we constantly

-          talk about the things they observe such as animals, plants, natural and found objects

-          learn about why things happen and how things work

-          develop an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time

-          care for and are concerned for living things and the environment

-          look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change

Whilst learning about all of the above, our children are also developing their communication and language skills, physical development and literacy and numeracy skills.  In addition, they are constantly developing their characteristics of effective learning through playing and exploring, our active learning and creating and thinking critically.  We carefully plan for the experiences we want our children receive but also follow our children's interests closely.

 At Kea School, we are scientists!

We know our children learn best by a hands on approach to their science.  Below are some photos of children in Foundation, KS1 and KS2, which really captivate this learning...