At Monkshouse we will develop children’s understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science for each year group in respect of ‘Working Scientifically’. Pupils will learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions through an ‘Enquiry’ led investigations. They will use understanding and skills of scientific enquiry through observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources. Pupils at will be taught to seek answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data.
Within the early years, children learn about their body including the skeleton and the five senses. This learning then moves onto animals and how plants grow. Children are encouraged to explore and develop their early scientific understanding through play.
Moving into year one, the concept of ‘Working Scientifically’ is introduced through material and living things topics. Children take part in investigations discussing what they saw and presenting their findings in different ways.
When in year two, children deepen their understanding of materials by investigating the variety of ways they can change. Living things knowledge is expanded by focusing on habitats and why animals and plants live and grow where they do. When ‘Working Scientifically’ children are encouraged to start asking and finding answers to their own questions.
As children enter Lower Key Stage Two, electricity is introduced identifying the uses of electricity as well as making circuits recognising the different components. Previously learned knowledge about materials and living things are developed and deepened. When ‘Working Scientifically’ children begin to carry out fair tests and link presenting their findings to work completed in Maths.
Moving onto year five, children learn about the lifecycles of animals and explain the differences between them. Earth and Space is introduced describing the movements of the different planets. During investigative work, children will be working with a greater level of independence raising their own questions, decided on a method to answer this question and presenting findings in the most appropriate way.
As children enter the final stage of their primary Science education in year six, consolidation takes place allowing children to broaden their current level of knowledge. Evolution and inheritance forms a large part of the curriculum, learning about key figures and theories within Science. The work previously completed on light is developed, focusing on how light travels and how Humans use light. When ‘Working Scientifically’ children should be competent at applying their skills and knowledge of a fair test and the process when investigating.
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