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We are all scientists

Science teaches an understanding of natural phenomena through the disciplines of chemistry, physics and biology. It aims to stimulate a child’s curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do. It teaches methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative thought. Children learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way in which science will affect the future on a personal, national, and global level.

In its simplest form science is concerned with finding out about things. It involves a systematic study of the natural and physical world based on processes that lead to the drawing of conclusions. From birth, children naturally investigate their surroundings; they question the world around them, experiment and draw conclusions. The steps in this process lead to a progressively deeper scientific understanding. It is important therefore to build upon a child’s natural curiosity and to encourage a scientific approach based on a rich resource of experiences. In the primary school, it is important that many of these experiences are first-hand although the use of ICT and secondary sources of information has a part to play.

Our intent:

· develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about the natural world

· develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics through, where possible, investigation and first-hand experience

· develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help children to answer scientific questions about the world around them

· be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future

Science at St Michael’s Academy

Science learning is based on an ‘enquiry’ approach, investigations being carried out as often as possible to enable children to learn to work scientifically. Each lesson’s work is encapsulated within a class floor book which remains with the class as they progress through school.

'Working scientifically' includes observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources. We encourage children to seek answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data.

2019 has seen an exciting new development as we are now hosting the STEMKids Club where children get to learn about the science, technology, engineering and math behind making Balloon Cars, Pocket Torches, Vibrating Bugs, Windmills and Slime before creating them and taking them home to enjoy.

Science strand progression

 

Y1 

Y2 

Y3 

Y4 

Y5 

Y6 

ShapeShapeWorking Scientifically 

 

Bi o l 

ogy 

Plants 

 

Plants 

Plants 

 

 

 

Animals, including humans 

Animals, including humans 

Animals, including humans 

Animals, including humans 

Animals, including humans 

Animals, including humans 

 

Living things and their habitats 

 

Living things and their habitats 

Living things and their habitats 

Living things and their habitats 

 

 

 

 

 

Evolution and inheritance 

Chemistry 

Everyday materials 

Uses of everyday materials 

 

 

Properties and changes of materials 

 

 

 

 

Rocks 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

States of matter 

 

 

Physics 

Seasonal Changes 

 

 

 

 

Earth and Space 

 

 

 

 

Light 

 

 

Light 

 

 

 

Forces and Magnets 

 

Forces 

 

 

 

 

 

Sound 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electricity 

 

Electricity