Curriculum

Science

Bio

Subject Leader : Miss Gordon (Temporary).

Science at Lee Brigg Infant & Nursery School is about developing children's ideas and ways of working, to enable them to make sense of the world in which they live, through investigation, as well as using and applying their scientific skills.

Through the science curriculum at Lee Brigg we aim to develop children's curiosity and introduce them to the true 'awe and wonder' of the world around them.

In science pupils will have the opportunity to:

• Ask simple questions and recognise that they can be answered in different ways
• Observe closely, using their five senses
• Use a range of scientific equipment and resources
• Make predictions about what they think might happen
• Plan and investigate
• Saying why and how things happen
• Perform simple tests
• Identify and classify
• Use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
• Gather and record data to help answer questions
• Evaluate their own work and say how this can be improved

How is the content / theme chosen?

The content is chosen to make effective links with key themes and ensure coverage of the knowledge and skills and expectations as set out in the National Curriculum programmes of study, as well as the EYFS framework. The content may be adapted or changed, based upon the needs or interests of specific cohorts.

How do we ensure progression of knowledge and skills?

At Lee Brigg Infant and Nursery School we have in place, for each subject area, a knowledge and skills progression document, which is used for planning, to ensure sequenced and appropriate content for specfic year groups, as well as a build up of knowledge and skills.

Within these documents there are also opportunities for differentiation, in order to meet the needs of all learners.

How is the subject taught?

Science lessons are carefully planned through our themes, so that valuable links can be made across other subjects.

A two year, long term rolling programme maps out the coverage of the discrete teaching and learning opportunities for children to develop and embed specific skills. This ensures coverage of the National Curriculum, for science across Key Stage 1 and work within and beyond the Early Year's Framework across our Foundation Stage.

Within each discrete block of science teaching, class teachers carefully plan the specific outcomes for their year group, based upon age appropriate knowledge and skills, as well as the needs of the cohort or individuals within it. Our teaching and learning opportunities ensure all children are introduced to and reminded of key vocabulary. Questioning is used to check their understanding and prior knowledge, before new concepts or skills are introduced. Modelling is used by class teachers to clarify expectations, children are then given plentiful opportunities to consolidate, build upon and apply basic skills in order to produce a piece of work which showcases what they have learnt.

When children are learning about a subject through a discrete teaching sessions they are explicitly told that today they are going to be 'musicians' or 'scientists' or 'historians' etc. They are then reminded of the key skills that they will learn, use and develop within that subject.

In science these are:
We are learning to

use our five senses
ask and answer questions
make predictions
plan and investigate
say why and how things happen
record our ideas and findings

As well as the discrete teaching of knowledge in science lessons, science investigation days are planned to ensure that children have regular opportunities to embed their knowledge and practise their skills throughout the year. Children regularly engage in in practical, 'hands on' learning, visits out, as well as visitors to school, to enhance their science experiences further.

Strong links with other subject areas, particularly Maths and English, ensure that children have numerous opportunities to apply skills across the curriculum.

Teaching Science in EYFS

Planning and teaching in EYFS is similar to that in Key Stage 1. The children are expected to develop a specific set of skills and knowledge appropriate to their age. This is often beyond the expectations that are set out in the end of year Early Learning Goals. As well as topic work and the discrete teaching of skills and knowledge, children in EYFS are given the opportunity to continually practise and embed their skills through the areas of provision set up in the indoor and outdoor learning environments.

How do we know that our children are making progress?

Ongoing assessments of the children's knowledge and skills is observed by the class teacher. Misconceptions are addressed and next steps carefully planned. Children's outcomes are compared to the subject specific skills and knowledge documents. At the end of a block of discrete teaching (or term) subject leaders gather an overview of children's ouctomes in each subject area. This is used to plan appropriate next steps for their future learning, as well as provide an overview of learning within a subject area across the whole school.
End of year assessments are collated for children at the end of EYFS and Key Stage 1.

How do we promote Communication & Language (including reading), Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Physical Health and Wellbeing?

Our science curriculum in school promotes some of our key curriculum drivers.

Relationships are promoted as children work collaboratively, listen to and question the ideas of others. Health and Well-being is incorporated through their learning about plants, animals and humans. Children are expected to develop their independence in carrying out investigations, developing and sharing their own ideas and questions.

Children are introduced and use a range of new vocabulary, which they become confident in using. It allows them to practise asking questions and encourages them to articulate answers using evidence from their investigations.

What wider opportunities are provided for our children?

During the year we have a science week and science investigation days to develop their skills and knowledge through practical experiences and introduce the children to the famous scientists of today and from the past, whose work continues to affect our lives.

Children have the opportunity to participate in regular visits out to places where they can reinforce their scientific knowledge, particularly when learning about animals and habitats. Visitors to school such as 'zoo lab' provide them with first hand opportunities to learn about the needs of a variety of creatures.

From their initial days in nursery children are provided with first hand opportunities through science, for example observing chicks hatch from eggs, caring for creatures in the outdoor environment, growing plants from seeds and learning how to care for them, as well as going out in the locality at different times of the year to compare seasonal changes.

Extra-curricular clubs throughout the year have included healthy eating club and science club.

We use our own progression of skills document in school to ensure coverage and progression is appropriate to age and stage of development.