'Science is like magic but real.' Arthur. C. Clarke
At Heartwood, we encourage children to be inquisitive throughout their time at the school and beyond. In science, like all subjects we mirror our Heartwood Vision. We aim to grow curious minds with a thirst for knowledge and responsible minds that always want to Make a Difference locally and globally.
The Science curriculum fosters a healthy curiosity in children about our universe and promotes respect for the living and non-living. We believe science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. Throughout the programmes of study, the children will acquire and develop the key knowledge that has been identified within each unit and across each year group. The key knowledge identified by each year group is informed by the national curriculum and builds towards identified phase ‘end points’ in accordance with NC expectations. Key skills are also mapped for each year group and are progressive throughout the school. These too ensure systematic progression to identified skills end points which are in accordance with the Working Scientifically skills expectations of the national curriculum. The curriculum is designed to ensure that children are able to acquire key scientific knowledge through practical experiences; using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently. Cross curricular opportunities are also identified, mapped and planned to ensure contextual relevance. Children are encouraged to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings and a love of science is nurtured through a whole school ethos and a varied science curriculum.
How do we teach Science?
Through the Mantle of the Expert drama and story based approach, we take the children on a science commission. Planned knowledge and vocabulary drives the learning. Children are enriched with vocabulary and given planned opportunities to apply knowledge learned. We stimulate the children's curiosity in order for then to engage in learning and create future scientists.
Science is taught as a discrete subject and as units to promote in-depth teaching.
Our science curriculum builds up from Nursery to prepare the children for KS3 at secondary school. The children learn science through these main areas:
-animals, living things and their habitats
Our wonderful forest school provides a strong provision for children to have hands on learning and experiences for science.
Each class has a growing bed where they grow and nurture plants and vegetables. They progressively learn about what plants need to grow and parts of the plant.
We have Studio lab which the children use to work scientifically- lab coats, test tubes and goggles galore!
We enhance learning experiences through trips and visitors:
|Nursery||Reception||Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4||Year 5||Year 6|
Zoo- Tiger experience
Local building site
and St Paul's
church- rock investigation
Visit to the National Science Museum, London
Visits to the TNHA Science labs
Making a Difference
Our children are given the scientific knowledge, understanding and vocabulary to apply to other contexts. The sustainable development goals inspire and guide this approach. The Oxfam Global Citizenship curriculum of knowledge, understanding and skills compliment this, equipping our children with the tools to make a difference locally and globaly- with a wider understanding of their impact beyond their local town. We have been awarded the Eco School's flag and Global Neighbour's awards for the children's hard work and impact.
Learning about materials and their properties informs the children about the potential impact these have on our planet and how they can protect it through responsible consumption and recycling. They take social action through many ways, one example is reducing the use of plastic bags and creating and selling canvas bags to the community as a more sustainable option.
Applying their knowledge of growth the children learn about sustainable development and growing their own produce.
The in-depth study on animals and humans is applied to a wider context of what these mammals need to survive and how some actions of humans prevent this ie. deforestation, global warming and over fishing.
In the EYFS, science is included within the Understanding the World area of learning. As with other learning in Reception, your child will mainly learn about science through games and play – which objects float and sink during water play, for example. Activities such as these will help your child to develop important skills such as observation, prediction and critical thinking.
3 & 4-year-olds will be learning to:
Children in Reception will be learning to:
Expressive Arts and Design
Creating with Materials
Understanding the World
The Natural World
The content of science teaching and learning is set out in the 2014 National Curriculum for primary schools in England. Within this, certain topics and areas are repeated across year groups, meaning that children may revisit a particular topic in each year of primary school but with increasing difficulty and with a different focus each time.
For example, the area of animals, including humans is examined in every single year group, with a very clear progression of knowledge and understanding over the six years:
In Year 1 this involves: looking at the human body, recognising animal groups and sorting these animals.
By Year 6, this will have developed into knowing the internal structure of the human body in relation to circulation, classifying living things based on more complex characteristics and exploring scientific research into this classification.
The more detailed content for each year group is as follows:
Alongside these areas runs the Working Scientifically element. This focuses on the skills the children need to become accurate, careful and confident practical scientists. Children are expected to master certain skills in each year group and there is a very clear progression of these set out for each school to refer to. For example:
In Year 1 a child may have to ask questions, carry out a simple test, record simple data and then try to answer questions.
By Year 6, they should be able to plan and carry out a fair test by using equipment accurately and taking exact readings or measurements. They are also expected to be able to draw conclusions from their results and record them using a range of graphs and charts.
The Nicholas Hamond Academy
Our curriculum is designed to prepare the children for the next stages in their education in each subject. Our curriculum map plans to support the declarative and procedural knowledge needed for the children to access and thrive in science in KS3
We plan for elements of Science to be taught and applied in the Forest school, creating real-life experiences.