We believe that science should be a hands on, engaging and practical experience for the children, an experience that feeds their natural enthusiasm and curiosity and where children can see that all of their ideas, opinions and questions are valued. Science draws upon other areas of the curriculum and allows links to be made with prior learning, e.g. measuring the distance that a toy car travels down a ramp or writing questions for others to answer using the correct punctuation.
The science curriculum at Woodfield has been planned to ensure that all children are given the opportunity to develop a broad understanding of the world around them, it aims to give them a broad basis from which they can develop their understanding further as they progress through the key stages.
The KS1 science curriculum builds upon the experiences gained in EYFS through the areas of Understanding the World and Health and Self-care.
Although we follow the National Curriculum for science, when it is relevant to do so, the children are exposed to areas of science beyond those set out within the KS1 curriculum. Where we have chosen to do this, it is because we feel that doing so will enrich the curriculum experience on offer. For example, we have added learning about electricity and light and dark into our Fantastic Ideas topic and have added in learning about the safe use of medicines into our Food, Glorious Food and It’s Good To Be Me topics. We have done this in order to provide an enriched curriculum that relates to the everyday world.
Our science curriculum follows a one year cycle, which is guided by the national curriculum, so that coverage of the 'Big Ideas' in science happens in Year One and again in Year Two. This allows the children to revisit aspects of science to embed and deepen their knowledge and understanding. The point at which a child meets each area of science may differ year to year; we use our 2 year cycle of themes to deliver the learning so that cross curricular links can be made, making the learning more meaningful for the children.
The Woodfield science curriculum aims to develop enquiring minds in all children and, while engaging in the broad science curriculum on offer, the children acquire specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically, to gain an understanding of scientific processes and also an understanding of the uses and implications of scientific developments, today and for the future. The children also become familiar with the different types of scientific enquiry that are used to explore the world around them in a scientific way. These include pattern seeking, fair test and identifying and classifying investigations. While thinking scientifically, all children are encouraged to develop and use a range of skills including questioning scientifically, making observations, planning and carrying out investigations, as well as being encouraged to question the world around them.
Throughout all of the science curriculum, children are expected to use the 7Rs of learning. For example, in problem solving investigations the children will need to be resilient and be willing to take risks, while in all investigations the children will need to learn to be ready with the equipment that they need, be resourceful if things don’t quite go as planned and be reflective and think about how carefully they have worked as a scientist. By employing our 7Rs of learning in science, as we do throughout the curriculum, we aim for the children to become independent learners and to be able to explore the possible answers for their scientific based questions.
We endeavour to ensure that the science curriculum we provide will give children the confidence, enthusiasm and motivation to continue to further develop their scientific skills into the next stage of their education.