Fell Dyke Primary School

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Science

Our Aim

The Science curriculum at Fell Dyke Primary School is underpinned by the National Curriculum 2014. It provides children with the foundations for understanding the world through the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. It also enables them to develop their scientific enquiry skills through generating and seeking answers to questions about the world around them and to understand the role of Science in the world today.

Curriculum Organisation

The curriculum is organised into units of work that build progressively as the children move through school. These provide children with scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding as well as teaching them scientific enquiry skills.

Running through all of the units are opportunities to both develop knowledge and think scientifically, in increasingly complex ways.

In the Foundation Stage, children have early experiences of Science through the specific area of learning called Understanding The World. They are provided with regular practical learning opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom to develop their understanding of the world around them. They develop their scientific enquiry skills through asking questions and making observations as well as recording their findings in a variety of ways such as drawing, painting, constructing models and photographing what they see.

In Key Stage 1, the focus is on giving children the opportunities to look further at the world around them. There is a focus on animals, humans, plants and materials as these are aspects of life they tend to be more familiar with. Through these topics they further develop their scientific enquiry skills and carry out investigations/enquiries to answer questions. They begin to use scientific language to talk about what they have found out. As in EYFS, most learning is carried out through first hand experiences.

In Year 3 and Year 4, the children build on their knowledge of animals, humans, plants and materials and are also introduced to other concepts such as light, sound, electricity and forces. The children have opportunities to explore and test out ideas about everyday phenomena and begin to make decisions about how best to carry out an enquiry. During this stage they begin to draw simple conclusions based on their findings.

As the children move into Year 5 and Year 6, they continue to build on their knowledge of animals, humans and materials and further develop a deeper understanding of light, electricity and forces. They are also introduced to more abstract ideas such as Earth and space. The children begin to test and analyse more systematically and build on their understanding of how to conduct enquiries effectively.

Educational visits are used as opportunities to further develop children’s scientific understanding and these include visits to farms, to the countryside and to museums.

Knowledge Progress and Assessment

On leaving Fell Dyke, we would expect children to have acquired a good foundation of Science knowledge and skills. We have assessment criteria matched to the curriculum in order to ensure children have the required knowledge, skills and processes expected of them at the end of each key stage. This is in line with the statutory requirements of the national curriculum.