At The Alderton, our main goal is to provide children with opportunities to explore the world through scientific investigation. We aim to make all learning memorable through the embedded use of experiments to develop independence to form their own scientific enquiry.
The main focus of science teaching in lower key stage 2 is to enable pupils to broaden their scientific view of the world around them. This is achieved through pupils exploring, talking about, testing and developing ideas about everyday phenomena and the relationships between living things and familiar environments, and by beginning to develop their ideas about functions, relationships and interactions. They are taught to ask their own questions about what they observe and make some decisions about which types of scientific enquiry are likely to be the best ways of answering them. They will learn to draw simple conclusions and use some scientific language, first, to talk about and, later, to write about what they have found out.
The main focus of science teaching in upper key stage 2 is to enable pupils to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas. This is done by pupils exploring and talking about their ideas; asking their own questions about scientific phenomena; and analysing functions, relationships and interactions more systematically. At upper key stage 2, they encounter more abstract ideas and begin to recognise how these ideas help them to understand and predict how the world operates. Pupils also begin to recognise that scientific ideas change and develop over time. Pupils are taught to draw conclusions based on their data and observations, use evidence to justify their ideas, and use their scientific knowledge and understanding to explain their findings.
Our science overview outlines the different topic areas pupils study at different points in their time at our school. Please note that some major topic areas, such as Animals, including Humans, are revisited due to extensive content and the intention to secure progression in pupils' knowledge and understanding.
The main outcomes for children are to:
Pupils will be assessed through evidence in their books.
Miss Amy Dent (Science Leader)