Science

Children with MicroscopeScience forms an integral part of each child’s learning. Wherever possible, children are encouraged to investigate ideas and solve problems in a practical way, building upon the experiences of the children. Science is a core subject in the National Curriculum.

The teaching of Science begins in the Foundation Stage through the Early Years Learning Area ‘Understanding the World’. This involves guiding the children to make sense of the physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment. These opportunities are provided through activities which allow the children to play and explore, while developing their own ideas, making links between them and developing strategies for doing this.

In accordance with the National Curriculum, children in Key Stages One and Two, are provided with opportunities to be ‘Working Scientifically’ through scientific enquiry, including practical work, and developing investigation skills. Each year group has a balanced programme of study to develop knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

Key Stage 1:
Plants
Animals, including humans
Everyday materials
Seasonal Changes
Living Things and their Habitats

Key Stage 2:
Plants
Animals, including humans
Rocks
Light
Forces and Magnets
Living Things and their Habitats
States of Matter
Sound
Electricity
Properties and Changes of Materials
Earth and Space
Evolution and Inheritance