At Emsworth Primary School we recognise the importance of Science, as it allows children to investigate and begin to make sense of the world around them. Our aim is to create an exciting and engaging curriculum which provides them with opportunities to learn a balance of working scientifically skills and key knowledge that will enable them to gain a better understanding of the world. We value the importance of first hand experiences and investigations in the curriculum.
We aim to nurture and encourage children’s natural curiosity and keen sense of adventure. We build on what children already know, yet challenge them to test their ideas so that they develop practical and investigative skills that enable them to think like a scientist. This enables them to discover the world for themselves so that they understand, at their own level, the impact Science has already had on our lives and can recognise that it will continue to do so in the future. We encourage children to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Science is a core subject with natural links to many other subjects including English, Maths, Geography and Design Technology. This allows us to plan and create exciting and engaging cross-curricular topics that encourage children to make links and apply their learning in a range of contexts. This in turn provides chances for new learning to become embedded, resulting in children developing a more secure understanding of the key scientific ideas on which they will build in Key Stage 3.
At Emsworth primary we are very fortunate that our extensive school grounds and the surrounding area provide us with a fantastic learning environment in which the children can gain first-hand experience of natural phenomena, enhancing their learning and bringing learning to life before their eyes. Each year group has a different environmental long term study, whereby they will be answering a question over the academic year. This will draw on their scientific understanding and working scientifically skills.
Here is the link to the Science National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and 2: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/425618/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_Science.pdf
In the EYFS Science is taught through high quality practical and exploratory experiences. Children will learn about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.
Below you will find a link to a copy of the curriculum map for Science that shows the key topics that are covered in each year group and the core learning that children will gain throughout the year group. You will also find the working scientifically objectives for each key stage.