Science is driven by curiosity and curiosity is the essence of human existence

While we draw on the National Curriculum for our science, we have reconfigured the content to facilitate deeper learning. Instead of dipping into a range of different elements of science each year, we have created four larger projects over the key stage. These are delivered on a two year rolling programme.  We always 'work as scientists' in the Autumn term.  The project themes are as follows:

Lower Phase

  • Living things and their habitats (Year 1)
  • Living things (including humans) (Year 2)

Upper Phase

  • Properties and states of matter (Year 1)
  • Forces and friction (Year 2)

Working as scientists skills

In order to provide an authentic experience for children, we ensure that they get to 'work scientifically' through their project.  We use a model developed in partnership with a science educator to capture the scientific process:

  1. Ask questions based on observations of the real world
  2. Recognise that scientific questions can be answered in different ways
  3. Answer questions through research
  4. Plan different types of practical investigations to answer scientific questions
  5. Collect and analyse data
  6. Present findings using appropriate formats and scientific language
  7. Deliver a community legacy

Taking a global perspective in science

The Global Citizenship strand of our Values curriculum allows us to explore important strands of science within a wider, global context.  We cross reference these to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  The themes covered in our Global Citizenship programme include:

  • Biodiversity
  • Sustainable energy
  • Food, good health and wellbeing
  • Waste and recycling
  • Clean water and sanitation
  • Life below water
  • Climate action

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REAL curriculum 2021 - 2025