Science is about children developing a sense of enquiry and extending their knowledge and understanding of the world around them.
At Westcliff Primary Academy, we use a range of teaching methods in science lessons, with an emphasis on providing a curriculum which develops and extends the children’s scientific concepts and enables them to be curious about the world. This will lead to children learning to work as scientists, planning and undertaking practical investigations.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, activities are planned in relation to the “Understanding the World” area of the foundation stage curriculum. Children’s progress and achievements are assessed against the Early Learning Goals at the end of reception. The activities are planned in a cross curricular way through topic areas that are interesting and enjoyable.
During Key stages 1 and 2, science is taught through specific subject lessons with cross curricular links with other subjects wherever possible.
Links are made between science and other subjects, particularly English, maths, DT and ICT. Activities are planned to cover the relevant key science skills and knowledge for each year group, with particular importance placed on children working practically so that they can make discoveries for themselves. Work is recorded in a variety of ways including the use of drawings, charts, graphs and photographs. Children complete at least 1 science investigation per half term, with an emphasis on assessing particular science investigational skills.
By Upper Key Stage 2, children are able to plan, carry out and then write up their full investigations. They communicate conclusions and carry out repeat tests to check results.