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Science

“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.” Edwin Hubble, Astronomer.

Intent

At Crawley Ridge Infant School we believe that you don’t just learn science – you live it. The intention behind the teaching of science in our school is to foster and harness the natural curiosity of the children and to encourage a lifelong love of science. We aim to provide the children with the skills necessary to think like and to become young scientists, the ability to ask questions, make hypotheses, carry out investigations and draw conclusions based on evidence. Our scientists are encouraged to be curious, open-minded, organised, inventive, questioning, creative, patient, resilient, logical, respectful, confident and independent.

We provide a rich curriculum which ensures the progressive development of knowledge, skills and vocabulary from EYFS to the end of Key Stage 1. Children learn about Plants (including trees), Animals (including humans), Living things and their Environment, Seasonal Changes, and Everyday Materials. “Working scientifically” is embedded into the knowledge strands providing opportunities to develop and apply skills.

The National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics 
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them 
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

By the end of KS1, children will be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills:

  • asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways
  • observing closely, using simple equipment
  • performing simple tests
  • identifying and classifying
  • using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.

Implementation

Please find attached to the bottom of this webpage how Science is implemented in our school, including EYFS. 

Impact

The children in our school are enthusiastic and motivated scientists. The children benefit from practical investigations and are able to communicate their ideas in depth using rich scientific vocabulary. The children demonstrate a good level of knowledge and understanding and an ability to work scientifically. Our attainment in Science at the end of KS1 is above national average and children leave KS1 equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to move onto the next phase in their education. The impact of our Science curriculum is monitored through a variety of means such as pupil voice, data outcomes, science portfolios and discussions with staff and pupils.

 

British Science Week 2021

British Science Week is a celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths and runs from the 5th - 14th March.  The theme of this year’s British Science Week is ‘Innovating for the future.’ To celebrate British Science Week the children will be engaging in a range of exciting practical investigations in school. If you would like to continue the fun at home you might like to try one of the investigations from the British Science Week Activity Packs which have been produced by the British Science Association. There are two activity packs, one aimed for Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils and the other for Early Years. You can find the activity packs attached to the bottom of this webpage. 

Please remember that all science investigations should be carried out under the supervision of an adult.

It's British Science Week!