At Heytesbury School, our intent for Science is to put working scientifically at the heart of the curriculum thus enabling children to apply their subject knowledge. The children will retain and build on their knowledge through our rolling programme because it revisits their subject knowledge and skills as they move through the school. In this way, the children will be equipped with the enquiry skills and knowledge they will need as they become adults in a rapidly changing world.
What is taught in Science?
The Knowledge concepts are based on the areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Working Scientifically skills are woven through each unit of knowledge concepts. In addition each class has the opportunity to discover “science in action”, a unit which reinforces key working scientifically skills linked to the curriculum
There is a ‘spiral’ approach to sequencing the units with an opportunity to revisit previous learning built into each unit. Where a unit introduces a new subject not previously taught at Heytesbury the revisit session allows the children to link their own experiences outside school to the subject area.
This provides ample opportunity for pupils to:
● consolidate enquiry skills
● develop their understanding of scientific knowledge and concepts.
Due to mixed year groups classes children are taught the subject knowledge appropriate for their key stage while they develop scientific enquiry skills appropriate for their year group.
What will my child learn?
Working Scientifically is based on the main skill areas which are:
1) Planning investigations
2) Conducting experiments
3) Recording evidence
4) Reporting findings
5) Conclusions and predictions
In addition children are taught to consider health and safety issues where carrying out investigations
In Biology the children will learn:
- Living things can be classified according to observable features
- Habitats provide living things with what they need
- Living things exhibit variation and adaptation and these may lead to evolution.
- Life exists in a variety of forms and goes through cycles – Plants
- Life exists in a variety of forms and goes through cycles – Animals
- The human body has a number of systems, each with its own function
In Physics the children will learn:
- Different rocks have different properties and the formation of soil & fossils can be explained.
- Materials have physical properties which can be investigated and compared
- The physical properties of materials determine their uses.
- Materials can exist in different states and that these states can sometimes be changed.
In Chemistry the children will learn:
- There are contact and non-contact forces; these affect the motion of objects.
- Day, night, month, seasonal change & year are caused by the position and movement of the Earth.
- Light & sound can be reflected & absorbed and enable us to see & hear.
- Electricity can make circuits work and can be controlled to perform useful functions.
This curriculum prepares the children with the knowledge and skills they require to succeed when they progress to the next step in their education and beyond.