Our Science curriculum has been designed to build on our children’s cultural capital, through our curriculum drivers, children’s interests and the requirements of the National curriculum to empower our children to develop a curiosity, passion and an enthusiasm for acquiring scientific knowledge, the confidence and competence to apply practical skills and the scientific vocabulary needed to articulate an understanding of Science.
Our Science curriculum provides a coherent, structured, academic curriculum that leads to sustained mastery for all and a greater depth of understanding for those who are capable. It sets out a clear list of the breadth of topics that will be covered for each year group which ensures each teacher has clarity as to what to cover, the threshold concepts children should understand, criteria for progression within the threshold concepts and criteria for depth of understanding.
Our Key Scientific concepts: working scientifically, biology, chemistry and physics are organised into knowledge categories and explored through our scientific topics therefore ensuring clear intra-curricula links so that children are able to return to the same concepts over and over so they gradually build a secure scientific understanding.
Our Science milestones define the standards for the threshold concepts. We expect children in year 1 of the milestone to develop a basic understanding of the concepts and an advancing or deep understanding in year 2 of the milestone.
In KS1 science is taught as a discreet subject on a weekly basis. Topics have been interleaved with each other throughout the year as cognitive science research identifies that interleaving and the frequent retrieval of previously learnt content aids long term retention. Our science topics are revisited in both years, in each key stage so they are built upon across the key stage to ensure progression and enable children to build a scientific schema and move their learning from working in to long term memory.
Scientific activities are planned for within our continuous provision which enables application and replication of scientific knowledge taught in different contexts, with pertinent cross curricula links, offering a more open ended approach to learning which challenges and empowers children to demonstrate their learning in imaginative and different ways. It also builds on previously taught knowledge, both day-to-day and across year groups. It supports the needs of the less knowledgeable children but challenges those more knowledgeable children.
The impact of our curriculum is that by the end of each milestone, the vast majority of children have sustained mastery of the content, that is, they remember it all and are fluent in it; some children have a greater depth of understanding. We track carefully to ensure children are on track to reach the expectations of our curriculum through our Proof of progress, (POP), tasks. POP tasks are categorised into 3 cognitive domains; basic, advancing and deep.
Whole school overview
Nursery and Reception
- Making toast
- Making Jelly
- Making rice crispy cakes
- Baking bread
- Making ice lollies
- Hungry caterpillar
- Dear Zoo
- Farmer Duck
- Commotion in the Ocean
- Mad about Minibeasts
- Rumble in the Jungle
- Mad about dinosaurs
- Barnyard Hullabaloo
Penguins class have been interested in the life cycle of plants. They have observed and predicted what was going to happen to the cress seeds and flowers.
Key Stage 1 - Plants
- What does a plant need to grow?
- What plants can you find outside?
- What is the life cycle of a plant?
Primary Biology – YouTube
- The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
- Oliver’s Vegetables by Vivian French and Alison Bartlett
- A Seed Is Sleepy by Dianna Aston & Sylvia Long
- The Boy Who Grew Dragons by Andy Shepherd
- The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons
- Ten Seeds by Ruth Brown
- Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa by Jeanette Winter
- Katie and the Sunflowers by James Mayhew
Key Stage 1 - Seasonal Changes
- The Changing Seasons
- Why do we have seasons?
- The Seasons
- How Spring affects plants and animals
- How Autumn weather affects the behaviour of British animals and plants
- Tree: Seasons Come, Seasons Go by Patricia Hegarty
- Autumn/ Winter/ Spring/ Summer (Thinking About the Seasons) by Clare Collinson
- The Rhythm of the Rain by Grahame Baker-Smith
- Storm by Sam Usher
- Secrets of Winter by Carron Brown
- Elmer and the Rainbow by David McKee
- The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins
- Froggy Day by Heather Pindar
- Lila and the Secret of Rain by David Conway
- The Snowflake Mistake by Lou Treleaven
- Little Cloud by Anne Booth
- Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
- Tidy by Emily Gravett
- Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
- Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers Weather by Katie Daynes
- The Weather Girls by Aki Delphine Mach
Key Stage 1 - Animals including Humans
NHS Food Facts
- What is a balanced diet?
- Why is a healthy lifestyle important?
- What are mammals?
- What are amphibians?
- What are birds?
- What are fish?
- What are reptiles?
- What are minibeasts?
- What types of food do animals eat?
- The life cycle of animals
- What do animals need to survive?
- London Wetlands Centre
- Horniman Museum and Gardens
- Follow their Animal Walk and you’ll see alpacas, goats, guinea pigs, and more, with the chance to get up close. Inside, their excellent little aquarium plays host to shoals of fishes, along with colourful frogs and jellyfish. To top it all off, you can take a stroll through their butterfly house.
- The National Children’s Museum in Halifax has an excellent primary gallery dedicated to the body and the five senses.
- London Zoo
- Paradice Wildlife Park
- Sea Life London Aquarium
- Woburn Safari Park
- Butterfly Farm
- The Big Cat Sanctuary
- Port Lympne Safari Park
- See Inside Your Body by Katie Daynes
- Animals and Their Young: How Animals Produce and Care for Their Babies by Pamela Hickman
- Lift the Flap Questions & Answers about your Body by Katie Daynes
- George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl
- Demon Dentistby David Walliams
Key Stage 1 - Living things and their habitats
National Geographic Kids
- A Day and Night in the Amazon Rainforest by Caroline Arnold
- Habitats (Moving up with Science) by Peter Riley
- I See a Kookaburra!: Discovering Animal Habitats Around the World by Steve Jenkins
- The Big Book of Beasts by Yuval Zommer
- The Big Book of the Blue by Yuval Zommer
- A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies
- Wild Animals of the South by Dieter Braun
- Wild Animals of the North by Dieter Braun
- Actual Size by Steve Jenkins
- Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! By Mo Willems
Key Stage 1 - Everyday Materials
- Exploring Materials: Wood, Plastic, Glass, Metal by Abby Colich
- New from Old: Recycling Plastic by Anthony Robinson
- Sheep to Jumper by Fiona MacDonald
- The Great Paper Caper by Oliver Jeffers
- Water: Exploring the Science of Everyday Materials by Jane Harris
- Everyday Materials (Ways into Science) by Peter Riley
- Let’s Look at Pebbles and Let’s Look at a Pubble by Angela Royston
- Rock (Materials), Water (Materials) by Harriet Brundle
- The Three Little Pigs by Nicola Baxter