Science 2021 - 2022

“The Science of today is the technology of tomorrow” – Edward Teller
 

Science teaches an understanding of the world that we live in and aims to stimulate a child’s curiosity to find out how and why things happen in the way they do. It teaches methods of enquiry and investigation to encourage creative thought. Children learn to ask scientific questions and are encouraged to engage in questioning and discussion about science-based issues which affect their lives, the society in which they live and the world as a whole.

For a detailed understanding of the Intent, Implementation and Impact of the teaching of Science at Boundary, please read the document at the bottom of this page.


EYFS

Science at Foundation Stage (reception and nursery) is covered in the ‘Understanding the World, ELG: The Natural World’ area of the EYFS Framework. It is introduced indirectly through activities that encourage children to explore, problem solve, observe, predict, think, make decisions and talk about the world around them.

Early Years Science also helps children with skills in other Foundation Stage areas of the National Curriculum, such as Physical Development and Expressive Arts and Design. During the early years at school, children will explore creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments. They will observe and manipulate objects and materials to identify differences and similarities. For example, they may look at an egg whisk, sand, paper and water to learn about things that are natural and manmade and their different functions. They will also learn to use their senses, feeling dough or listening to sounds in the environment, such as sirens or farm animals. They will make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur and talk about changes.

The children are encouraged to ask questions about why things happen and how things work. They might do activities such as increasing the incline of a slope to observe how fast a vehicle travels, or opening a mechanical toy to see how it works. The children will also be asked questions about what they think will happen to help them communicate, plan, investigate, record and evaluate findings.


Assessment

Pre-assessments are undertaken in the form of a spider diagram. It provides valuable information about what is already known about a topic and readiness for planning. Discovering prior knowledge allows the teacher to present new information at an appropriate level for the children. Formative assessment continues throughout the learning process, so lessons can be adjusted according to children’s need. At the end of a unit, a short quiz is completed to assess knowledge and working Scientifically skills are assessed using TAPS assessment, and the teacher uses this information as a focus for the consolidation unit during summer 2. The consolation unit is an opportunity to revisit the science which has been taught throughout the year and reassess the children.

From the formative assessment and quizzes, teachers make a judgement at the end of each term on O’track (assessment tracking programme) to show if the child is working towards, is at or is above the expected standard.


PSQM

We are proud to say that we have achieved the Primary Science Quality Mark. Throughout the quality mark process we have developed our resources, streamlined our assessment and developed our working scientifcally journey. We have also worked on expanding Science Capital and parental involvement in Science. Well done to the staff and children on this amazing achievement. 

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Science Curriculum At a Glance

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Nursery

Understanding the World
ELG: The Natural World

Understanding the World
ELG: The Natural World

Understanding the World
ELG: The Natural World
Understanding the World
ELG: The Natural World
Understanding the World
ELG: The Natural World

Understanding the World
ELG: The Natural World

Reception Understanding the World
ELG: The Natural World
Understanding the World
ELG: The Natural World
UUnderstanding the World
ELG: The Natural World
Understanding the World
ELG: The Natural World
Understanding the World
ELG: The Natural World
Understanding the World
ELG: The Natural World
Year 1 Animals including Humans (Humans)
Seasonal Changes
Everyday Materials
Season Changes
Animals including Humans (Animals)
Seasonal Changes
Living Things and their Habitats
Seasonal Changes
Plants
Seasonal Changes

Consolidation
Season Changes

Year 2 Living things and their Habitats
Seasonal Changes
Use of everyday Materials
Seasonal Changes
Animals including Humans 
Seasonal Changes
Electricity
Seasonal Changes

Plants
Seasonal Changes

Consolidation
Season Changes

Year 3 Forces and Magnets


Rocks


Animals including Humans

Light


Plants


Consolidation
Season Changes

Year 4 Electricity


Sound


Living things and thier Habitats

Animals including Humans

States of Matter


Consolidation
Season Changes

Year 5 Properties and changes of Materials

Earth and Space


Forces


Animals including Humans

Living things and their Habitats

Consolidation
Season Changes

Year 6 Lights


Electricity


Living things and thier Environment

Evolution and Inheritance

Animals including Humans

Consolidation
Season Changes

Please see the Science Curriculum Map below for more detail about what we learn in each unit.


Useful Websites

Here are a list of useful websites that children can explore. This includes games, information and Science news. Click on the title to follow the link. 

Science Kids

Wow Science

The National Science Digital Library

Science Sparks

BBC Newsround

NASA Kid's Club

National Geographic Kids

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