Science

Science awakens the curiosity of our pupils. We encourage children to engage in hands-on learning at Park View and we do this by investigating our world and asking questions.

We use ‘big’ questions for each year group and this provides pupils with a way to build upon and acquire new knowledge and skills. They are encouraged to ask their own questions within their science topic and follow their own lines of enquiry. Science is much more than a classroom lesson and is part of everyday routines. This means pupils become more aware of how science can affect their local environment.

Pupils’ oracy skills are developed through the use of discussion and new vocabulary and science is seen as a skill for everyone.

Nursery

In Nursery, we encourage pupils to notice and explore the world around them including changes in the natural world. This happens everyday in our outdoor area. We teach the pupils the names of facial features and body parts. Pupils explore similarities and differences between the physical features of the pupils. They explore similarities and differences in other things and sort and group them. The pupils explore simple ideas then make predictions and test them out. E.g. Can we keep a snowman forever?

Reception

In Reception, pupils explore the world around them. They identify, discuss and recognise changes and patterns amongst living things and their environment. Pupils have access to scientific equipment such as magnets and magnifying glasses and are encouraged to dicuss what they see. They take part in simple investigations. This equips them with the skills and knowledge for their science journey ahead.

Key Stage 1

In Key Stage 1, pupils build on prior learning by investigating a range of topics. They work in a range of ways to think of and ask simple questions. They make simple observations and learn to use scientific equipment safely. Pupils in Key Stage 1 learn how to gather and record their scientific data and start to understand it.

Year 2 Science
Key Stage 2

In Key Stage 2, pupils lead their own investigations by using a range of scientific approaches. They interpret, record and share their data in a variety of ways and use this to draw conclusions. Pupils are challenged to prove their scientific knowledge to others through talk and then make further predictions in later investigations.

Pupils have the chance to explore other additional scientific experiences through STEM clubs and eco-schools.

Year 4 Science
Electricity
Living Things and their habitats
Year 5 Science
Plants and Animals

Year 5 learnt about the plant life cycle in the first term of Autumn.

Year 6 Science
Electricity
Living Things and their Habitat

Sequences of Learning