Whiteley Primary School

Science

Science at Whiteley Primary School

 

Our science curriculum at Whiteley Primary School from year one to year six is based on the Hampshire key ideas for science. These are organised into learning journeys for each area of science and are organised progressively to ensure children revisit key ideas (scientific knowledge and concepts), deepening and developing their understanding of these as they progress through the school.

In Year R, Science is taught through the “Understanding the World” part of the Early Years, Foundation Stage curriculum.  At Whiteley, much of our Science learning at this stage takes place in the Outdoor Classroom and extended school grounds.  Children are encouraged to observe their environment closely, noticing and describing changes in animals, plants, the seasons, the weather and natural phenomena linked to their ongoing learning throughout the year.

We aim for children to learn science through being scientists; for their experiences to mirror how science works in the real world.

Scientists investigate questions they are not sure about and we believe it is critical that children do the same. This will foster excitement and a sense of wonder, encouraging deeper thinking, a desire to wonder why and to puzzle things out.

Through investigating these types of questions, it is our goal that children will learn how to be confident observers capable of planning and carrying out careful measurements and fair tests, before analysing their own evidence to draw conclusions. To support children in the development of these skills, they are taught to use the planning investigations proforma below becoming more independent in the use of this as they progress through the school.

To support teachers in planning children’s next steps and providing the appropriate level of challenge in working scientifically, they use the working scientifically skills overview document (see below – click on the image to enlarge).

We endeavour to ensure that the science taught at Whiteley is as relevant to children’s lives as possible and we provide additional opportunities, such as science days, visitors and educational visits linked to the science curriculum.  This allows children to apply their science learning in different contexts and ensures a deeper understanding of the relevant key idea.

At Whiteley, children are involved in the process of Health and Safety allowing them to identify risks and learn ways to minimise them to become more independent and work more safely in their practical science.

Children’s recording should reflect the planning process and their scientific thinking and ideas. When books are monitored it is expected to see their workings and annotations of their thinking so their understanding and scientific process can be seen.  In Year R and Year 1 it is expected that some of the children’s journey in developing science knowledge and skills is recorded in the Class photo book.  Not only does this provide evidence for children’s science learning but it also allows the children to revisit their learning, deepening their understanding further.

Key Themes

Variation and Evolution

Animals

Plants

Materials

Forces

Electricity

Light

Sound

Earth and Space