Science at King's Court First School
Our vision is for children to develop enquiry skills that will facilitate a curiosity towards Science and empower children to discover. Our policy entitles every child to a broad, balanced and relevant Science curriculum which is tailored to the needs of each child within the school.
At King's Court First School our aim is to inspire children to:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Science.
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science through different types of Science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
- equip themselves with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.
- discover and be enthusiastic about Science.
At King’s Court First School we use the ‘Chris Quigley’ curriculum to plan Science work through a cross-curricular theme. This is supported by concept cartoons as a starting point for investigations. Science is taught where possible through investigations. King's Court First School practices the interweaving approach to teaching Science. Each of the strands are taught in Science throughout the year and these are revisited to gain further experiences and apply what they know. This curriculum is skills based and whilst content is important, our main purpose is to encourage a deep understanding of how Science is applicable in many ways. As a two year rolling program, this allows children to achieve greater depth understanding over a longer period that will enthuse children to capture the wonders of Science.
Each strand is assessed through mind maps. At the beginning of the year the children will make a mind map about everything they know. At the end of the strand the children will go back over the mind map and put any other information they have from their tasks. This gives us the progression over time. From the task they will consolidate their understanding throughout the year.
The aspects of Science that are taught are to:
- Understand plants
- Understand animals and humans
- Investigate living things
- Understand evolution and inheritance
- Investigate materials
- Understand forces and movement
- Investigate light and seeing
- Investigate sound and hearing
- Understand electrical circuits
Recognising Science at King's Court First School
A child's perspective
This is what our children say about Science:
“I enjoy science because you get to learn about new thing like the human body”
“I like science because you can do experiments”
“I like science because we always learn new facts”
“I like science because I get to learn things that I didn’t know before”
“We learnt about igneous rocks and how they come out of a volcano”
“You can find science challenging because there’s a lot of different words”
“Science is challenging because there is so much we don’t know”
“I like science because the teacher’s make sure it is fun”
“The reason I like science because there is so much in around us that we don’t realise is using enquiry”
“I like doing concept cartoons about different sand”
“We don’t always learn knowledge from the past we look to the future”
Science Whole School Resources