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Curriculum Purpose

Science teaching at Wescott Infant School aims to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically, to gain an understanding of scientific processes and also an understanding of the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.  All children are encouraged to develop and use a range of skills including observations, planning and investigations, as well as being encouraged to question the world around them and become independent learners in exploring possible answers for their scientific based questions. Concepts taught should be reinforced by focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions.

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Curriculum Aim

The KS1 national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • experience and observe phenomena
  • are encouraged to be curious and ask questions about wat they notice
  • are helped to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions, including observing changes over a period of time, noticing patterns, grouping ad classifying things, carrying out simple comparative tests and finding things out using secondary sources of information
  • should begin to use simple scientific language to talk about what thy have found out and communicate what they have found out to a range of audiences in a variety of ways
  • should learn science through the use of first-hand practical experiences
  • should read and spell scientific vocabulary at a level consistent with their increasing word-reading and spelling knowledge
EYFS – Early Learning Goal: Understanding the world – children to know similarities and differences in relation to objects, materials and living things. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes. 
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