Science at Dame Ellen has a very practical focus. Children are presented with a wide range of practical experiences that allow them to form an understanding of the world around them through interaction.
The children are encouraged to get hands on with experiments, experiences and observations. This encourages the children to become excited by Science and curious about finding things out. They learn to answer questions, for example, on how things are similar or different, how they change and what they can see happening.
Science is delivered in a cross-curricular way which allows the children's learning to link in with current Topics or areas of study. The Woodlands pathway follows the National Curriculum Topics. Staff modify this so that all pupils are set relevant and challenging work. Scientific enquiry underpins every science unit and there is a heavy emphasis on meaningful practical activities.
The table below explains the intent behind our Science curriculum, how we implement this and the impact it has on our children.
Each half-term every class has a new Science unit to work on and this is linked, where possible, to our whole-school topic. The units cover 3 areas; 'Science explorers' which is chemistry based, 'The Natural World' based on Biology skills and 'Natural Phenomena', which covers physics based theories and experiments. We follow the National Curriculum for Science and use our DEPS assessment framework to plan and assess this area. More information on the Science National Curriculum can be found here- Science programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2 (publishing.service.gov.uk)
The table below shows the units that children in the Woodlands pathway will cover this year.
Academic year 2023-24:
Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
The pictures below are just a brief snapshot of what Science can look like at our school:
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