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

Useful links

Cbeebies Animals

Cbeebies Dinosaurs

Seasons

Cooking

Cooking activities

  • Making toast
  • Making Jelly
  • Making rice crispy cakes
  • Baking bread
  • Making ice lollies
Books to read
  • Hungry caterpillar
  • Dear Zoo
  • Farmer Duck
  • Tiddler
  • Commotion in the Ocean
  • Mad about Minibeasts
  • Rumble in the Jungle
  • Mad about dinosaurs
  • Barnyard Hullabaloo
Reception - In Class Learning

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.

We have been talking about Easter and exploring the signs of Spring.
We have been looking at how our bulbs have grown and comparing cut daffodils and daffodil bulbs grown in different ways.   Our bulb in a soil jar didn’t grow, “It’s because it didn’t have any water” Asia said.
“And you didn’t put it in the sun” added Awan.

Key Stage 1 - Plants

Places to visit
Books to read
  • 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

Books to read
  • 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

Places to visit
Books to read
  • 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

Books to read
  • 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

Books to read
  • 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