At Campsbourne we teach the National Curriculum for Science which can be found here.
Our vision is for all children to develop a deep understanding of scientific concepts through a curriculum where children can explore and question the world around them. We want the children to understand that the world is based on observation, measurement, experiment and the creating and testing of hypothesis. We aim to provide them with the scientific knowledge and investigative skills to answer their questions through a curriculum that provides a rich variety of topics that cover all the core scientific disciplines. Practical experiences further strengthen our children’s scientific understanding, vocabulary and enquiry skills. This will ensure that our children become confident and curious scientists who have a secure basis for future scientific learning.
Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum (2014) and is carefully sequenced to enable children to build on their previous knowledge and acquire an understanding of new concepts.
In EYFS, we provide a stimulating environment where hands-on, enquiry-based activities nurture children’s curiosity and understanding of the world around them. Children in EYFS will also work scientifically by communicating their observations, making predictions and asking questions.
In Key Stage one and two we have developed key questions which apply to each science unit. An example of a question that children would examine in Key Stage 1 (Year 2, animals including humans) is, ‘How do humans stay alive?’ In Key Stage 2 (Year 5, properties of materials), a question that the children would look at is, ‘What materials are important for the making of a tent?’ These types of key questions encourage children to think critically about their science learning and engage in deep discussions using scientific vocabulary. Each unit is also linked to a scientist who has worked in that field to supports children’s understanding of science as a career. The children across the school find out about their scientist in even more detail during Science Week.
Children across the school will develop practical science skills in their science units throughout the year. They will conduct a range of enquires under the categories of: observing phenomena over time, seeking patterns, conducting comparative and fair tests, conducting scientific research and identifying and classifying living and non-living things in the world around them. By engaging in practical enquiries, children will deepen their understanding of scientific concepts and develop their ability to work scientifically.
Science Curriculum Long Term Plan 2022
You can find out more information about the progression in the science curriculum by clicking on the following links.
Progression in Science Knowledge
Science Knowledge Matrices Y1-6
Throughout the year, some year groups will be undertaking some of their Science learning outdoors. Children will take their learning outside of their classroom and go around the school with a specific learning focus, e.g., observing plants or finding living things.
Learning Science Outdoors (Years 1 to 4)
Various school trips are organised throughout the year to promote science learning in the wider curriculum. An example of a trip is visiting local parks to find out what wildlife is there. Science workshops in school are also delivered to further stimulate science learning and curiosity. This particularly happens during and around Science Week.