Science

The National Curriculum states that “Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science”.

At St. Luke’s we aim to do this through practical, engaging science lessons that are related to the children’s day to day experiences; making science relevant to their everyday lives. At the core of all of these lessons is the development of the ‘Working Scientifically’ methods, processes and skills set out in the National Curriculum.

Throughout school, the children begin all science topics with a question to enable the teachers to assess the children’s prior knowledge. The teacher then plan’s the children’s next steps in each of the programs of study:

Key Stage One

  • Animals including humans
  • Seasonal changes
  • Everyday materials
  • Plants
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Uses of everyday materials

Lower Key Stage Two

  • Light
  • Rocks
  • Forces and magnets
  • Plants
  • Animals including humans
  • Electricity
  • States of Matter
  • Sound
  • Living things and their Habitats

Upper Key Stage Two

  • Living things and their habitats
  • Animals including humans
  • Properties and changes of materials
  • Earth and space
  • Force
  • Evolution and inheritance
  • Light
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Electricity

Children are assessed against the National Curriculum primarily through teacher observations of practical work and teacher-child discussions during lessons, as well as through the children’s written work.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Science in the Early Years is covered through ‘The World’ aspect of the area of learning and development ‘Understanding the World’ Children engage in adult led sessions and child initiated activities that are practical and play based. Scientific links are made to stories and topics covered. By the end of the Early Years, children are assessed if they are emerging, expected or exceeding in the Early Learning Goal for ‘The World’:

Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

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