Science

Through our teaching of Science our intent is to stimulate the children’s curiosity in the world around them, this involves exciting, practical hands-on experiences that encourage curiosity and questioning. Our aim is that a wide range of stimulating and challenging experiences will help every child secure and extend their scientific knowledge and vocabulary and equip them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

Children will experience...

At Sacred Heart School, Science topics are taught within each year group in accordance with the National Curriculum.The school follows the Hamilton Trust scheme where planning is sequenced to take advantage of seasonal study opportunities and to ensure progression in scientific working skills. Opportunities for pupils to meet the full range of scientific investigate approaches entail pattern seeking, exploring, problem solving, fair testing and analysing secondary sources. Further opportunities are planned for cross-curricular links, including educational visits and visitors, in order to deepen the pupils understanding and make real life purposeful connections.

  • Science content is planned and delivered across all phases with opportunities to recap and revisit vocabulary and knowledge at various intervals. Links are made with prior units of learning in previous years and phases to ensure progression over time. (See knowledge organisers below) 

  • Effective modelling by teachers ensures that children are able to achieve their learning intention, with misconceptions addressed within it and the use of effective assessment for learning in each lesson. Differentiation is facilitated by teachers, to ensure pupils can access the curriculum.

Our children will become...

Enthusiastic Science learners and understand that science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity. We want to empower our children so they understand they have the capability to change the world, this is evidenced in a range of ways, including pupil voice, their work and their overwhelming enjoyment for science.

Knowledge Organisers

EYFS

Understanding the World

Nursery Progression Overview

Reception Progression Overview

Children find out about objects, materials and living things using all of their senses looking at similarities, differences, patterns and change. Children are motivated to ask questions about why things happen and how things work, they are encouraged to use their natural environment around them to explore. 

Year 1

Everyday Materials

Animals including Humans

Seasonal Changes

Plants

Year 2

Everyday Materials

Living Things and their Habitats

Animals including Humans

Plants

Year 3

Plants

Animals including Humans

Forces & Magnets

Materials

Light

Year 4

Electricity

States of Matter

Sound 

Living Things and their Habitats

Animals including Humans

Year 5

Earth & Space

Changes of Materials

Living Things and their Habitats

Animals including Humans

Forces

Properties of Materials

Year 6

Light

Living Things and their Habitats

Animals including Humans

Electricity

Evolutions and Inheritance