Science at St Martin’s aims to be exciting, engaging and most importantly…fun!
As much of our science as possible will be practical, getting the children to be hands on with the world around them.
The 2 strands of science teaching in our school are;
- Knowledge and understanding
- Working scientifically
Both of these stands are incredibly important and because of this we ensure good coverage of the topics (such as light, animals and humans, forces, plants and seasonal changes etc. across the school and year groups.
The skills the children learn in science are incredibly important, below is an outline of the ‘working scientifically’ skills taught in key stage 1 and 2.
Key stage 1
- Asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways.
- Performing simple tests.
- Identifying and classifying.
- Using observations and ideas to suggest questions.
- Gathering and recording data to help answer questions
Key stage 2
- Asking relevant questions and using different enquiry styles.
- Setting up enquiries and fair tests.
- Making careful and systematic observations
- Gathering, recording and classifying (taking measurements)
- Recording findings using scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, bar charts, tables.
- Report on findings- written, oral and drawn explanations/presentations.
- Using the results to draw conclusions
- Use scientific evidence to support their findings.
Looking at current science in the news is great and can really hook children in to learning about the world around them.