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 and 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.
At Hill Top we strive to ensure that our pupils experience science as a continuous process, to ensure that they develop an understanding of the world around them. Our aim is to develop scientific understanding, knowledge and skills through practical investigations, research and teacher led demonstrations.
The new curriculum is the scheme of work that we follow throughout the school.
Key Stage 1 study the following topics over the course of two years:
Lower Key Stage Two pupils – Years 3 and 4 study:
We value pupil’s enquiry questions and, wherever possible, use them as starting points for further investigations. In order for our children to achieve the highest standards in science, we feel it is important to develop specific skills of increasing complexity as they progress through school.
The safe use of equipment is promoted at all times.
The assessment materials that we use to assess Science throughout the school is Rising Stars.