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Ashmead provides its children with two everlasting things, one is roots, the other wings.

Science

At Ashmead Combined School we believe that teaching and learning in Science should stimulate and excite children’s curiosity about the world around them. It provides first hand experiences and support for children to develop their enquiring minds. A planned range of practical experiences stem from our creative curriculum topics, allowing the children to: develop a range of investigative skills; take risks; question and discuss; learn from their mistakes; and develop into independent thinkers. Children will continually develop the skills required for scientific enquiry and begin to appreciate the way science will affect their future on a personal, national and global level.

 

We aim to:

  • Recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.
  • Try to make sense of phenomena, seeking explanations and thinking critically about claims and ideas.
  • Describe associated processes and key characteristics in common language and also be familiar with, and use, technical terminology accurately and precisely.
  • Be curious and excited about explore the world.
  • Develop language skills through talking about work and presenting ideas in books.
  • Seek answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data.
  • Work with others, listening to their ideas and treating these with respect.
  • Develop a respect for the environment and living things and for their own health and safety.

 

During a child’s time in Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) they will develop awareness of science in the world around them. In the Foundation Stage curriculum this is part of the specific area: Understanding the World. Children are supported in developing the knowledge, skills and understanding that help them to make sense of the world they live in. There are provided with opportunities to use a range of tools safely; encounter creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments and in real-life situations; undertake practical ‘experiments’; and work with a range of materials.

 

Science is taught in Key Stage 1 and 2 (Year 1-6) using the science National Curriculum 2014. The curriculum is organised into different units for KS1, Lower KS2 (Years 3 & 4) and Upper KS2 (Years 5 & 6). Progression is built into the planning to allow children to develop their independence when working scientifically as they progress throughout the school.

 

 

Year 1

Working Scientifically

Animals and Humans

Materials

Plants

Earth and Space

 

Year 2

 

Working Scientifically

Animals and Humans

Materials

Plants

Living Things and their Habitats

 

Year 3

Working Scientifically

Animals and Humans

Forces and Magnets

Plants

Light

Rocks

Years 4/5 (2 year cycle)

Working Scientifically

 

Sound

Electricity

Animals and Humans

Living Things and their Habitats

Light

Materials

States of Matter

Forces and Magnets

Earth and Space

 

Year 6

Working Scientifically

Living Things and their Habitats

Animals and Humans

Evolution and Inheritance

 

 

 

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