At Gatton Primary School, we have designed the Science curriculum to spark our pupils’ curiosity in the world around them and help them develop skills in science as a process of enquiry.
We have personalised the Science curriculum to our pupils and our locality. When pupils leave Gatton Primary School, they should be equipped with the scientific knowledge outlined in the National Curriculum in biology, chemistry, and physics. They will have a deep understanding of working scientifically and communicating their findings across various methods, including IT, graphs, and charts. Every class will have access to either a trip or a workshop directly related to their science unit during the academic year. We believe this will also increase their understanding that science is vital in our day to day lives. In addition, we partner with local universities and agencies to provide real-life scientific experiences. However, perhaps most fundamentally, we aim for all our children to leave Gatton with a passion for and enjoyment of science.
What does science look like at Gatton Primary School?
The science builds on the Early Learning Goals for Understanding the World within the EYFS. We teach science in Key Stage 1 and 2 through our carefully designed creative curriculum. In addition, our curriculum gives complete coverage of the National Curriculum Programmes of study for Science 2014 to ensure progression and continuity throughout the school.
In Key Stage One, pupils observe, explore, and ask questions about living things, materials and the world around them. Then, they begin to work together to collect evidence to help them answer questions, find patterns, classify, and group objects, research using various sources, and carry out simple testing. Finally, they share their ideas and communicate them using scientific language, drawings, charts, and tables.
In Key Stage Two, pupils build on their knowledge of KS1. They will extend their scientific knowledge about the world around them through exciting units. Pupils will carry out a range of scientific enquiries, including observations over time, pattern-seeking, classifying, grouping and researching. Children in Key Stage Two learn to plan science investigations, and control variables where necessary to make it a fair test.
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