Science

Intent

At Rudston Primary we are fully committed to providing a science curriculum that allows children to explore and experience the world and phenomena around them.

Through our science curriculum we aim to encourage and develop inquisitive thinkers and learners, with high aspirations. Through science children are able to work as a team, develop and challenge scientific concept and develop their skills through questions and inquisitive thought.

There are opportunities for children to explore scientific theory and challenge their own understanding, whilst developing a love and enjoyment for the subject.

Children leave Rudston Primary School with the ability to question and challenge whilst articulating scientific arguments and theories with confidence.

EYFS

Science appears in a couple of the Early Years Learning Goals. In the ‘Managing Self” goal, pupils are expected to manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs, including dressing, going to the toilet and understanding the importance of healthy food choices. 

Furthermore, in the “Natural World” goal, pupils should undertake the following:

  • Explore the natural world around them, making observations and drawing pictures of animals and plants.
  • Know some similarities and differences between the natural world around them and contrasting environments, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class.
  • Understand some important processes and changes in the natural world around them, including the seasons and changing states of matter.   
Key Stage 1

Pupils should:

  • be encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice.
  • be helped to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions
  • begin to use simple scientific language to talk about what they have found out and communicate their ideas to a range of audiences in a variety of ways.
  • learn about science through the use of first-hand practical experiences, but there should also be some use of appropriate secondary sources, such as books, photographs and videos.
  • read and spell scientific vocabulary at a level consistent with their increasing word reading and spelling knowledge at key stage 1.
Key Stage 2

Pupils should:

  • explore, talk about, test and develop ideas about everyday phenomena and the relationships between living things and familiar environments.
  • ask their own questions about what they observe and make some decisions about which types of scientific enquiry are likely to be the best ways of answering them.
  • draw simple conclusions and use some scientific language, first, to talk about and, later, to write about what they have found out.
  • read and spell scientific vocabulary correctly and with confidence, using their growing word reading and spelling knowledge.
  • develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas.
  • ask their own questions about scientific phenomena; and analysing functions, relationships and interactions more systematically.
  • encounter more abstract ideas and begin to recognise how these ideas help them to understand and predict how the world operates.
  • recognise that scientific ideas change and develop over time.
  • select the most appropriate ways to answer science questions using different types of scientific enquiry.
  • draw conclusions based on their data and observations, use evidence to justify their ideas, and use their scientific knowledge and understanding to explain their findings.