Science Policy

Science in Key Stage 1                            

When we are doing science we will:

  • ask questions about the world around us;
  • decide how we might find the answer
  • work with others to find the answer
  • compare things
  • think about ‘What will happen if..?’;
  • make suggestions for our investigation method;
  • carry out a test using equipment and record our findings;
  • display our findings in different ways such as drawings,
  • photographs, video, charts, tables and graphs;
  • talk to others about our science;
  • describe the information we have collected;
  • compare results with others;
  • give a reason why something has happened;  

KS1 (years 1&2) will be covering the following units of work in Science:

Autumn Term

  • Animals including humans

Spring Term

  • Living things and their habitats

Summer Term

  • Use of every day materials

Lower Key Stage 2 (LKS2)

The principal focus of science teaching in lower key stage 2 is to enable pupils to broaden their scientific view of the world around them. They should do this through exploring, talking about, testing and developing ideas about everyday phenomena and the relationships between living things and familiar environments, and by beginning to develop their ideas about functions, relationships and interactions. They should ask their own questions about what they observe and make some decisions about which types of scientific enquiry are likely to be the best ways of answering them, including observing changes over time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative and fair tests and finding things out using secondary sources of information. They should draw simple conclusions and use some scientific language, first, to talk about and, later, to write about what they have found out.

Lower KS2 (years 3 & 4) will be covering the following units of work in Science:

Autumn Term

  • Light
  • Sound

Spring Term

  • Living  things and their habitats

Summer Term

  • Forces and Magnets
  • Animals including humans

Upper Key Stage 2 (UKS2)

The principal focus of science teaching in upper key stage 2 is to enable pupils to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas. They should do this through exploring and talking about their ideas; asking their own questions about scientific phenomena; and analysing functions, relationships and interactions more systematically. At upper key stage 2, they should encounter more abstract ideas and begin to recognise how these ideas help them to understand and predict how the world operates. They should also begin to recognise that scientific ideas change and develop over time. They should select the most appropriate ways to answer science questions using different types of scientific enquiry, including observing changes over different periods of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out comparative and fair tests and finding things out using a wide range of secondary sources of information. Pupils should draw conclusions based on their data and observations, use evidence to justify their ideas, and use their scientific knowledge and understanding to explain their findings.

Upper KS2 (years 5 & 6) will be covering the following units of work in Science:

Autumn Term

  • Earth and Space
  • Light

Spring Term

  • Forces

Summer Term

  • Animals and humans

 

Science club will be offered to all children. This will take place at lunchtimes. Science club will commence mid-September.

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