At South Hill School we understand that children are naturally curious and enjoy exploring, investigating and asking questions. This is pivotal to Science learning and allows children to gain a deeper understanding of the world we live in.
We aim to provide a quality science education which provides the foundations of understanding the world and creates curious and enthusiastic learners. We encourage Science to be taught through practical tasks and where applicable the use of our extensive school grounds, the locality of our town or The Box Moor Trust.
Through Science at our school, we aim to ensure that all children:
Develop scientific knowledge and understanding as well as fun practical learning skills
Develop understanding of different types of scientific enquiry that will help them answer scientific questions about the world around them
Link learning to real-life and explore through outdoor learning
Access a Science related trip in all year groups
Link Science learning to all other subjects in order to deepen understanding
The Science Primary Curriculum is taught throughout the school.
Working Scientifically and Scientific Knowledge
Working scientifically (or investigative skills) focuses on an understanding of practical investigation and the skills needed in order to do so. These skills include, observing, investigating, classification, asking and answering questions, exploring data and working as a team through practical learning. Scientific knowledge is the understanding of scientific facts and phenomena and responding to questions about their scientific learning.
In the EYFS, the building blocks to Science are taught through ‘Communication and Language’, ‘Physical Development’ and ‘Understanding the world’.
Key Stage 1
In Key Stage 1, pupils will experience, observe and investigate the world around them through first-hand practical experiences as well as secondary sources such as books, photographs or videos. They will be encouraged to be curious, ask questions, investigate through different types of scientific enquiry and use simple scientific language.
Scientific Knowledge: Plants, Animals incl. humans, Everyday materials, Seasonal changes, Living things and their habitats
Lower Key Stage 2
In Lower Key Stage 2, pupils continue learning about the world around them through exploring, discussion, testing and developing ideas. Pupils will continue to develop working scientifically skills by deciding which type of enquiry is most suitable, drawing conclusions and using increasing scientific vocabulary to discuss and write about their learning.
Scientific Knowledge: Plants, Animals incl. humans, Rocks, Light, Forces and magnets, Living things and their habitats, States of matter, Sound, Electricity
Upper Key Stage 2
In Upper Key Stage 2, pupils develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas through exploring and discussion; asking questions; and analysing functions, relationships and interactions more systematically. They will encounter more abstract ideas and begin to recognise how these ideas help them to understand and predict how the world around them works. They also recognise that scientific ideas change and develop over time.
Pupils will select the most appropriate ways to answer science questions using different types of scientific enquiry and draw conclusions based on their data and observations, using evidence to justify their ideas, and scientific knowledge, understanding and vocabulary to explain their findings.
Scientific Knowledge: Living things and their habitats, Animals incl. humans, Properties and changes of materials, Earth and Space, Forces, Evolution and inheritance, Light, Electricity.
Examples of Knowledge Organisers
British Science Week
We celebrate British Science Week each year by holding a Science Day where pupils have a day of fun scientific learning by carrying out practical experiments and investigations.
Year 6 enjoy a Science and Technology afternoon at Lockers Park. This supports their transition to secondary school as they learn in a Science laboratory.