Gloucester Road Primary School

Gloucester Road
Nursery & Primary School

Science

From Nursery to Year 6, children are provided with the opportunities for discovery and experimentation through experiences. They are encouraged to observe, discuss, classify, seek patterns, research, set up fair tests and record and interpret their findings. Through their time at Gloucester Road Primary, the children will be given the chance to learn about plants and animals, everyday materials, seasonal changes, rocks, forces and magnets, light and sound, electricity, forces, earth and space and evolution. We follow the Primary National Curriculum 2014 in England. This document outlines our Science Curriculum by year groups

 

Our Vision

At Gloucester Road Nursery & Primary School we:

  • Develop a love of learning in Science.
  • Encourage children’s confidence in Science.
  • Believe every pupil deserves the same opportunities to succeed in Science.
  • Have the highest expectations and whole hearted belief that everyone will achieve and succeed within Science.
  • Provide a rich and DEEP science curriculum linked to real life experiences.

 

Aims

“A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.” National Curriculum for Science, 2014.

At Gloucester road our aims include:

  • To develop children’s’ scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
  • To develop children’s understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
  • To equip children with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
  • For children to build up an extended specialist vocabulary.
  • To develop children’s application of their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data.
  • To develop scientific enquiry skills which should include: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources.
  • To develop pupils’ enjoyment and interest in science and an appreciation of its contribution to all aspects of everyday life.
  • To build on pupils’ curiosity and sense of awe of the natural world.
  • To promote a ‘healthy lifestyle’ in our pupils.

 

Science Policy 

 Science Progression of Skills and Knowledge 

Science Progression of Vocabulary 

  Science Curriculum Mapa

 

Science

 This term, there has been some amazing work in science across the school and all classes have really developed an understanding of what it means to work in STEM. Throughout the school, children have been immersed in lots of science experiments (or eggs-periments if you're in Year 4!) and have explored some wonderful ways of showing off their learning.

The pictures above show:

  • A fair test in Year 4 all about how different drinks can affect teeth. They have done this by placing hardboiled eggs in a selection of drinks. They then made carful observations of how the eggs changed over time and discussed their results.
  • Some examples of Year 2's habitats and creatures. They have investigated where animals live and how they are adapted to live in these habitats and microhabitats.
  • Pictures of our STEM competition winners, where children had to design a machine to help to keep the playground clean and tidy.

 

We were so pleased to invite so many of you in for our science 'Inspire' afternoon recently. Remember: it is important to always question how things work and investigate everything that is around! We love science!