At Hayes Primary School, we teach science in accordance with the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014. We follow a scheme of work focussed on providing hands on experience for children through a variety of experiments and creative investigations.
The National Curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
Why teach science?
Science teaching helps children develop an understanding of natural phenomena. It aims to stimulate a child’s curiosity by finding out why things happen in the way that they do. It teaches methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative thought. Children learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way in which science will affect the future on a personal, national and global level.
Our objectives in the teaching of science for all our children are:
- to ask and answer scientific questions;
- to plan and carry out scientific investigations, with the correct use of equipment;
- to know about life processes;
- to know about materials, electricity, light, sound, and natural forces;
- to know about the nature of the solar system, including the earth;
- to know how to evaluate evidence, and to present conclusions both clearly and accurately.
At KS1 pupils observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and physical phenomena. They begin to work together to collect evidence to help them answer questions and to link this to simple scientific ideas. They begin to evaluate evidence and consider whether tests or comparisons are fair. They use reference materials to find out more about scientific ideas. They share ideas and communicate them using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables with the help of ICT if it is appropriate.
At KS2 pupils learn about a wider range of living things, materials and physical phenomena. They make links between ideas and explain things using simple models and theories. They apply their knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas to familiar phenomena, everyday things and their personal health. They think about the effects of scientific and technological developments on the environment and in other contexts. They carry out more systematic investigations, working on their own and with others. They use a range of reference sources in their work. They talk about their work and its significance, using a wide range of scientific language, conventional diagrams, charts, graphs and ICT to communicate their ideas.