Science

Science Rationale at Norwood
At Norwood, Science is about making sense of the environment we live in and thus developing our understanding of it. This is done primarily through experience, exploration and interaction with scientific phenomena. 

Aims and Objectives

  • To foster pupils’ excitement and curiosity and enable them to investigate the world around them in an organised way

  • To improve pupils’ understanding and enjoyment of the world by introducing them to the body of scientific knowledge through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics

  • To equip pupils with scientific skills appropriate for their development i.e. to think logically to observe, question, predict and hypothesise to plan and carry out practical investigations to record, interpret and communicate scientific findings to apply scientific knowledge. We believe this will be a foundation for learning and offer our children a broad and balanced primary curriculum which will build on previous experiences and develop wider concepts or ideas

Organisation of Science
We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in science lessons. Sometimes we do this through whole class teaching, while at other times we engage the children in an enquiry based research activity. We encourage the children to ask, as well as answer, scientific questions. Throughout their learning they have the opportunity to:-

  • Use a variety of data, such as statistics, graphs, pictures, and photographs
  • Use ICT in science lessons because it enhances their learning
  • Take part in role play and discussions, and present their findings to the rest of the class
  • Engage in a wide variety of problem solving activities which involves carrying out practical experiments and analysing the results

By the end of each Key Stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the programme of study listed below.

YEAR R
Science in Year R develops naturally from the topics they are studying. They pay particular attention to the following.

  • Understanding the world around them
  • Looking for patterns and similarities within their environment
  • Care and concern for living things

YEAR 1
Plants
Animals, including humans
Everyday Materials
Seasonal Changes

YEAR 2
All living things and their habitats
Plants
Animals, including humans
Use of everyday materials

YEAR 3
Plants
Animals, including humans
Rocks
Light
Forces and Magnets

YEAR 4
Animals including Humans
All Living Things
States of Matter
Sound
Electricity

YEAR 5
All Living Things
Animals including Humans
Earth and Space
Properties and Changes of Materials
Forces

YEAR 6
Living Things and their Habitats
Animals including Humans
Evolution and Inheritance
Light
Electricity
Science Day

 

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