Fernvale Primary School

Fernvale Primary School

A place to learn and grow

Somerby Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE7 9PR

office@fernvale.leics.sch.uk

0116 241 6722

Science

Science

PRINCIPLES FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING SCIENCE

  1. Children’s curiosity is encouraged and valued; they are excited and enthusiastic in science lessons.
  2. Children are investigating and enquiring.
  3. Science is practical and hands-on and children enjoy learning through exploration and questioning; they have the opportunity to use good quality resources and the outside environment.
  4. Progression of science skills is evident and taught throughout.
  5. Children confidently use accurate scientific vocabulary in context.
  6. Teachers use different assessment strategies during science lessons.
  7. Children can make real-life links with their learning.

Intent

At Fernvale we believe that the teaching of science is an important part of the curriculum that helps children begin to understand aspects of the world around them both the natural environment and that created through the application of science. We endeavour through scientific investigation to spark their imaginations and interest to explore and ask questions.

 The science curriculum at Fernvale aims to ensure that pupils build secure foundations in scientific thinking by using discussion to probe and remedy their misconceptions. 

 The aims of science teaching are to:

  • building up a body of key foundational knowledge and  concepts
  • encourage them to recognise the power of rational explanation
  • develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena 
  • understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes

In the EYFS we follow the Development Matters objectives and draw these out through topics and stories. At Fernvale we endeavour to develop a child’s curiosity from an early age, to always ask questions, and ensure their understanding.

Implementation Pathway
 

At Fernvale, we use Hamilton Trust as we work scientifically through a range of key concepts:-

KS1

  • Living Things and their Habitats
  • Plants
  • Animals including Humans
  • Uses of Everyday Materials
  • Seasonal Changes

KS2

  • Living Things and their Habitats
  • Plants
  • Animals including Humans
  • Everyday Materials
  • Seasonal Changes
  • Rocks
  • Light
  • Forces and Magnets
  • States of Matter
  • Sound
  • Electricity
  • Earth and Space
  • Evolution and Inheritance
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