In Key Stage 1, children will explore and ask questions about the world around them.
The topics covered are: Animals including humans, Plants, Seasonal changes and Everyday materials and their uses.
Children will learn to identify features and how to sort and group things. They will observe changes over time and, with help, begin to observe patterns and relationships.
Children will find information out from people and secondary sources such as books and the internet.
They will experience different types of scientific enquiries, including practical activities involving simple measurements and equipment. Children will collect data and record it in different ways. They will discuss what they have found out and how they found it out using simple scientific language.
In Key Stage 2, children continue to explore and investigate scientifically. The curriculum is clearly divided into the main 3 areas of biology, chemistry and physics. The topics covered include;
As the children move from lower Key Stage 2 (years 3 and 4) to Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6) there is more of an emphasis on scientific thinking, planning experiments and using evidence to confirm or dismiss a scientific theory. Children learn the basics of hypothesis, experimentation and conclusion.