At Our Lady of Grace Catholic Infant School the Science Curriculum provides all pupils with the foundations for understanding the world, developing foundational building blocks within the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
The curriculum is rich in key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils are encouraged to be curious and develop a sense of wonder. It enables children to become natural explorers and provide opportunities to develop thinking, knowledge and positive attitudes to Science.
From the moment the children start in Early Years they begin to gain key scientific knowledge that they later build on in the primary years. Children learn to use Science to explain what is occurring and make sense of the world around them, predict how things might behave and analyse cause and effect to better understand why and how things happen. Children are encouraged to develop a natural curiosity and follow well-considered lines of enquiry within the subject. They explore rich content and are able to apply this knowledge to practice, developing a range of scientific skills.
The curriculum has been developed to facilitate an accumulation of knowledge and concepts in a specific order, with a careful and consistent progression of skills and knowledge that allows the pupil to make the necessary connections to piece their learning together throughout their learning journey. It is fundamental that all pupils develop a secure understanding of each block of knowledge in order to progress to the next stage.
As children progress through the Science Curriculum, explicit links and connections are made to support pupils to continually build upon the knowledge and skills they have accumulated in previous year groups. The sequence of learning endeavours to continually build upon pupil starting points and the progression of knowledge and skills acquired
The children are provided with the opportunity to build up an extended specialist vocabulary which is subject specific, deepening knowledge and understanding and developing the ability to make informed choices when reasoning and explaining their thinking.
The children develop a secure understanding and ability to independently connect their learning, they will be able to speak enthusiastically about their knowledge and conduct research that builds on what they have learnt in the classroom and with support recognise how this is applied into society and beyond.
The children learn to apply a systematic approach to learning and key
scientific skills are incorporated into the planning of each lesson across EYFS and KS1 at different levels.
EYFS: We ensure that children have a balance between play, rich theory and practical lessons, whereby children think critically, follow lines of enquiry and in turn increase their capacity to problem solve and answer questions.
KS1: The pupils are encouraged to explore and think scientifically, recording evidence through planning and carrying out enquiries, making observations, measuring, presenting and analysing information. Pupils learn to identify and name a variety of common animals including fish. They identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores. They also learn to name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body as well as learn which part of the human body is associated with which sense. Pupils learn about how to identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials for particular uses. They find out how the shapes of objects made from some materials can be changed.