Science Curriculum

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 an 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

Intent

At Templemoor Infant and Nursery School, we foster a hands-on curiosity for exploration of the world. We strive for the children to develop their ideas and ways of working that will enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through practical investigation. We develop pupils’ enjoyment and interest in science and build on their enthusiasm, encouraging children to ask questions about what they notice and to treat the living and non-living environment with respect and sensitivity.

 

Implementation

At Templemoor, Science is taught following the aims and content of the National Curriculum. It is, where possible, taught through creative topic based work. Our Science teaching provides children with first-hand experiences and opportunities to work scientifically in order to develop their scientific understanding. The children are encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice. They are helped to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions, including observing changes over a period of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative tests, and finding things out using for example, books, photographs and videos. We encourage our children to use simple scientific language to talk about what they have found out and communicate and record their ideas and findings in a variety of ways.

We use both our indoor and outdoor environment to support the teaching and learning of Science. Most lessons are taught through the use of first-hand practical experiences using our school grounds. 

 

Year 1 - Seasonal change, Humans, Everyday Materials, Plants, Animals. 
 
Year 2 - Uses of everyday materials, Animals including humans, Plants, Living things and their habitats. 

Impact 

Our children will develop a real sense of awe and wonder about the world they live in. They will have a good understanding of key scientific concepts and skills and be able to communicate their ideas using scientific vocabulary.

Skills and Knowledge Organiser
 
Each Science unit is supported by a Knowledge Organiser which details the key facts, vocabulary and skills for each unit. This is sent home, allowing children to make a head start on their learning.
Knowledge and Skills Progression in Science
 
The documents below detail the knowledge and skills that pupils will gain at each stage of the Science Curriculum. 
Science National Curriculum 
 
The National Curriculum for Science can be found below.