Clophill St Marys CofE lower school

Science

Intent:

At St. Mary's, we want children to:

  • Develop an understanding of “what science is”, combining the foundational understanding of biology, chemistry and physics, at a level appropriate and relevant to them
  • Develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different scientific enquiries and to help them answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • Be equipped with the scientific knowledge and literacy required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future
  • Think “Science is for me”.

Implementation:

Miss Clements is our Science Co-ordinator.

At St. Mary's, Science is taught through "Understanding the World" and is in elements of "Physical Development" within the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum in Acorn and Chestnut (Nursery and Reception):

Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage

We teach the Science National Curriculum in Birch to Oak (Years 1 to 4):

Science Programmes of Study Key Stages 1 and 2

The following table shows which Science topics are taught throughout the school:

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term

Acorn

(Nursery)

Ourselves - Physical care

Seasonal Changes

Ourselves - Healthy Eating

Seasonal Changes

Lifecycles: frog and sunflower

Materials 

Ourselves - exercise

Animals

Lifecycles: ladybird and vegetables

Seasonal Changes

Chestnut

(Reception)

Ourselves - Parts of the body

Seasonal Changes

Ourselves - Healthy eating

Growing cress

Materials

Lifecycles: chick

Seasonal Changes

Ourselves - exercise

Growing carrots

Animals

Lifecycles: butterfly

Seasonal Changes

Birch

(Year 1)

Everyday Materials 

Seasonal Changes

Animals, including Humans

Seasonal Changes

Plants

Seasonal Changes

Hazel

(Year 2)

Plants

Uses of Everyday Materials

Animals, including Humans Living Things and their Habitats

Rowan:

Cycle 1

(Year 3)

Rocks

Animals, including Humans

Light

Plants

Forces and Magnets

 

Rowan:

Cycle 2

(Year 3)

Rocks

Light

Forces and Magnets

Plants

Animals, including Humans

Oak:

Cycle 1

(Year 4)

Living Things and their Habitats

Animals, including Humans

Sound

Electricity

States of Matter

Oak:

Cycle 2

(Year 4)

Electricity

Living Things and their Habitats

 Sound

States of Matter

Animals, including Humans 

Working Scientifically is taught throughout the year within all topics, to allow for children to keep building on their skills and ability to work scientifically.  

Linked to each topic area, for children in Years 1 to 4, we also teach about Significant Individuals in Science linked to that area. 

We are also developing children's 'Science Capital' - providing them with an understanding of how the Science we teach in school links to the wider world including careers in the future, e.g. knowledge about Animals can support someone to be a Vet when they are older and how an understanding of materials could support someone to become a builder. 

Impact:

All children are assessed in Science, by their teachers, on a termly basis.  Miss Clements then analyses the attainment and progress of the whole school in this area.  This information informs future teaching and learning in Science.

Children are also formally teacher assessed in Science at the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2).

Miss Clements is currently working towards the Primary Science Quality Mark for our school.