Science is a vibrant subject at Wardley about which we are incredibly passionate. Children have lots of questions about the world around us and we aim to provide them with the necessary core scientific knowledge and investigative skills to answer their questions about those processes. At present, our curriculum provides a rich variety of topics that cover all the core scientific disciplines and contexts that the children can relate to their everyday lives. At the start of each topic the children are posed a key question or context from which they generate their own scientific lines of enquiry. They will then explore this question using a variety of investigative skills, engaging and becoming more familiar with each of the elements of the scientific method as they progress through the school. These include skills such as generating their own lines of enquiry, making predictions, analysing results, observing changes over time, collecting results in a variety of ways, drawing conclusions from their observations and evaluating their own method and the reliability of their results. Underpinning this is an emphasis on children actively participating in their own practical investigations and experiments, utilizing the classroom, wider school environment and the local environment. To be a scientist at Wardley CE Primary means:
• The ability to think independently and raise questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and skills that it brings.
• Confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in, for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations.
• Excellent scientific knowledge and understanding which is demonstrated in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings.
• High levels of originality, imagination or innovation in the application of skills.
• The ability to undertake practical work in a variety of contexts, including fieldwork.
• A passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies
To see what Science topics and skills are taught in each year group click on the teaching cycle tab.
Within each academic year, children will study six science topics. These topics are free standing units. Each Science topic is primarily based around one of the four core disciplines (Working Scientifically, Biology, Physics and Chemistry), with children touching on all four every year. Across the whole school, each core discipline has a set of key threshold concepts that the children will keep returning to in their science work. The children are assessed by the teacher during each unit against the age related expectations for these key threshold concepts. They are:
- To work scientifically
- To understand movement, forces and magnets
- To understand the Earth’s movement in space
- To investigate light and seeing
- To investigate sound and hearing
- To understand electrical circuits
- To investigate materials
- To understand plants
- To understand animals and humans
- To investigate living things
- To understand evolution and inheritance
Cross-Curricular links within Science
Each key question that the children investigate is carefully planned to include a range of cross curricular links with core subjects. Children are taught how their mathematical calculation and statistical skills can be used to read, analyse and draw conclusions from their results. There are also regular opportunities for children to improve their literacy skills through reading, writing and spelling key vocabulary.
There are also numerous links made with other foundation subjects that are embedded across each Science topic. For example links between art and science where the Y3 children look at camouflage in the animal world and then use this in their art work.
Science at Home
Science is a subject that relates to our understanding of the processes of the world around us. As such, it is one of the most relevant subjects that children can engage with at home. At Wardley we actively encourage children to continue their investigations at home, and even try some new ones. There may be ideas in the termly class newsletters about how you can help support your child. For further information about the art curriculum that your child is studying please contact your child’s teacher.