Science teaches an understanding of natural phenomena. 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. Science changes as human understanding and experience changes. It is an ongoing process as our ideas about the world around us are constantly developed and revised. Children learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way science will affect their future on a personal, national, and global level.
The overall curriculum intent for science is to enable children to:
• ask and answer scientific questions;
• develop skills, which may not be developed to the same degree in other areas of the curriculum.
• plan and carry out scientific investigations, using equipment, including computers, correctly;
• know and understand the life processes of living things;
• know and understand the physical processes of materials, electricity, light, sound and natural forces;
• know about the nature of the solar system, including the earth;
• evaluate evidence and present their conclusions clearly and accurately.
Knowledge of the seasons
Knowledge of all living things (plants, animals and humans) and their habitats
Knowledge of evolution and inheritance
Knowledge of materials, including every day materials, states and changes of matter.
Knowledge of light and sound
Knowledge of the earth and space
Knowledge of forces and magnets
Knowledge of electricity
The ability to ask relevant questions
The ability to plan and set up different types of scientific enquiries and fair tests to answer questions
To be able to take accurate measurements using a range of equipment
To be able to make predictions and suggest improvements
To be able to record and present data in a variety of ways (using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, charts etc.)
To be able to reporting on findings from enquiries using oral and written explanation
To be able to use results to draw simple conclusions