Science at Weyford Nursery & Primary School
A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world. In order to develop scientific thinking, we build on children’s natural curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. We believe a practical, inspiring and challenging science curriculum is the way to achieve this.
Science is a core subject. Teaching of science in Key Stages 1 and 2 follows the National Curriculum and reflects changes introduced in 2014. In the Early Years Foundation Stage, they follow the guidance set out in Development Matters document. We use a mixture of the Hampshire Science Model and Cams Hill Science Consortium model to organise our science curriculum.
Where possible, science is taught as part of topics, but teachers are aware that some science skills have to be taught in discrete lessons. Science lessons last about an hour and a half a week, depending on the age of children. In addition, the children take part in our whole school Science Week every year.
We focus our teaching on two main areas:
These are the scientific facts that children need to know across the areas of biology, physics and chemistry. The topics we cover are: variation and evolution; animals; plants; materials; forces; light; sound; earth and space; and electricity.
This is where we teach children about the different types of scientific enquiry, these include: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing; and researching using secondary sources. We do this alongside the teaching of scientific knowledge so the enquiries are meaningful.
After each key idea has been explored, children are given opportunities to apply their knowledge of both the key ideas (e.g. animals have different types of teeth that do different jobs) and the keys skills (e.g. measuring accurately) to investigations.