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Science

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Science Overview

 

Science in the Early Years

Science activities often start from the pages of a book in our EYFS. Children investigate floating and sinking having read the story of Noah’s Ark; Martin Waddell’s Owl Babies sees them investigate owl pellets and discussing diet and digestion. Jasper’s Beanstalk sees the children planting and growing and this year, for the first time, they will visit High Lodge in Thetford and get up close and personal with some very tall trees for the first time!

 

Children are introduced to scientific observations over time in the EYFS and watch closely as frozen blocks thaw, revealing secrets hidden inside… Observation of the weather and the natural world around them continues throughout the school year and any time of year is always a good time to test out someone’s idea!

 

Science in KS1 and KS2

 

All year groups teach science as a discrete lesson on a weekly basis. This is not tied to the Discover- Explore-Create structure as we wish to deliver quality science lessons and not force links where none exist. Science work does not go into the Costessey Curriculum book, but is kept in a separate science exercise book. This allows the children to flick through and revisit their science work easily throughout the year, and to reflect on the aspects of ‘working scientifically’. This strand encompasses the need for observations over time; comparative and fair testing; identifying, classifying and grouping and research using secondary sources and recording findings. Our children love devising and carrying out scientific investigations and we know that it all makes more sense to them when they are practically involved! Inside the front cover of their science book they have a table to keep track of the scientific skills they have used appropriate to their age group.

 

Our Y1 classes also have floor books to capture the scientific conversations that happen whole class that would otherwise be lost. These books are perfect for observations over time as photos and treasures from the class autumn walk can be alongside the signs of spring, not forgetting those all-important warm weather records!

 

Our science curriculum follows the requirements of the National Curriculum and units are assigned to year groups as below. Our Science Lead supports all year groups through the development of their medium term plans and using our Costessey Knowledge, Skills and Understanding document we can ensure that the content the children tackle genuinely builds on previous learning and avoids repetition.

 

 

Y1 

Y2 

Y3 

Y4 

Y5 

Y6 

Autumn 

Everyday Materials 

Seasonal Changes 

Animals 

Plants 

Rocks 

Sound 

Electricity 

Earth and Space 

Forces and magnets 

 

Evolution and Inheritance 

Spring 

Seasonal Changes 

Plants 

Living things & their habitats 

Animals including humans 

Plants  

 

Animals including humans 

Living things & their habitats 

Animals including Living thing

 

Living Things and their habitats Animals, including humans 

 

Summer 

Animals, including humans 

Seasonal Changes 

Uses of everyday materials 

Forces and magnets 

Light 

States of matter 

Properties and changes of materials 

Light  

Electricity 

 

Children participate in low-stakes Sticky Knowledge quizzes throughout each unit. Where knowledge is not sticking, it will be revisited and the final results at the end of the unit collated and communicated to the Science Lead to build the picture of science achievement across the school and inform future plans.

 

Click on the link below to find out more about the structure of our curriculum:

 

Science Intent Implementation Impact