Science at Sacred Heart Primary School
Our Approach to the Teaching and Learning of Science at Sacred Heart School
At Sacred Heart and St Mary’s, we use science to inspire and develop our children’s natural sense of awe and wonder about the world around them. With an awareness and understanding of themselves in their surroundings, we aim to equip them with the knowledge to make informed decisions about how they live their lives and how they treat our planet.
Through our discrete teaching of science, our children will develop a balance of scientific knowledge and skills. Units of work have been chosen that will enable the children to meet the National Curriculum requirements. They are sequenced in an age appropriate way that allows for progression of skills and knowledge. Our milestones are delivered through high quality teaching that is differentiated and personalised in order to meet the individual needs of our children, including those with SEND.
Across the key stages, our children will have the opportunity to work practically, devising comparative and fair tests, searching for patterns, making observations and using results to draw conclusions. Their learning is deepened through other subjects, especially maths, English and computing, and through our annual Science Week where the whole school comes together to focus on and celebrate significant people and achievements in the world of science.
We use lots of opportunities to bring the National Curriculum to life and make the children’s learning relevant. Battersea Park Zoo and Subtropical Gardens and our work with “Farm to Fork” supplement our biology units. Our use of the STEM ambassadors ensures that children can see themselves as scientists of the future, and our work with Emmanuel School 6th form gives the children opportunities to explore science beyond KS2.
Our children start their scientific journey with more questions than answers. By the end of their time with us, we hope that they continue to ask lots of questions, but become equipped with the skills, knowledge and confidence to know how to start answering them themselves.
We use knowledge organisers and working walls to help remind the children about their learning in each unit.
EYFS Educational Programme – Understanding the World
Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community. The frequency and range of children’s personal experiences increases their knowledge and sense of the world around them – from visiting parks, libraries and museums to meeting important members of society such as police officers, nurses and firefighters. In addition, listening to a broad selection of stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems will foster their understanding of our culturally, socially, technologically and ecologically diverse world. As well as building important knowledge, this extends their familiarity with words that support understanding across domains. Enriching and widening children’s vocabulary will support later reading comprehension.
Science Curriculum Road Map Year 1 – Year 6
Science Curriculum Milestones Nursery – Year 6