Our children’s journey as scientists, begins in the Early Years Foundation Stage through the 'Understanding the World' strand of the Early Years statutory framework. Children are given opportunities to explore scientific concepts through structured play activities. In Key Stages One and Two, Science is taught weekly as a discrete subject. Teachers use the school’s medium-term plans, which have been planned incrementally to ensure children experience continuity and progression in concepts, knowledge and practical skills whilst also promoting remembering, to develop a sequence of lessons with working scientifically embedded within each unit of study.
A range of scientific enquiries are planned into the curriculum including: observation over time; noticing patterns; identifying, grouping and classifying whilst noticing similarities and differences; comparative and fair testing (from recognising a fair test in Key Stage One to designing their own by the end of Key Stage Two) and researching using secondary sources. Furthermore, in Years One to Five, the children complete a ‘We are Scientists’ unit of work at the end of the year, where they revisit and revise past learning through additional practical science activities.
Where appropriate, science is linked to other subjects, for example the concept of the water cycle is initially introduced in the Year Three ‘Rivers’ geography unit, and visits, trips and workshops help to enrich the children's scientific experiences.
Consequently, when children leave Yorkmead, they will understand the importance of science in our society and be excited and curious about the universe around them. By having a secure understanding of the key scientific concepts outlined in the National Curriculum, our pupils will be ready to continue to learn about science at secondary school, prepared to engage meaningfully in more sophisticated discussion of experimental design and ready to learn higher order subject content.