Science at Glenfield
Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future. At Glenfield Primary School, we believe that a high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through biology, chemistry and physics. Practical, enquiry-based learning is key to our science curriculum. The children experience a wide variety of topics which promote their natural curiosity for learning and broaden their scientific view of the world around them. We always endeavour to make links across curriculum areas to deepen understanding and demonstrate the relevance of science to everyday life
Below you will find an overview of what your child will be expected to learn in each of the Key Stages.
Early Years Foundation Stage
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, activities are planned in relation to the “Understanding the World” area of the foundation stage curriculum. Children’s progress and achievements are assessed against the Early Learning Goals.
Key Stage 1
Pupils will experience and observe, looking more closely at the natural and humanly-constructed world around them. They are encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice. They will 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 and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative tests, and finding things out using secondary sources of information, such as books, photographs and videos. They will begin to use simple scientific language to talk about what they have found out.
Key Stage 2
Pupils will broaden their scientific view of the world around them. They will do this through exploring, talking about, testing and developing ideas. They will ask their own questions about what they observe and make some decisions about which types of scientific enquiry are likely to be the best ways of answering them, including observing changes over time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out comparative and fair tests and finding things out using secondary sources of information. They should draw simple conclusions and use scientific language to talk and write about what they have found. They should also begin to recognise that scientific ideas change and develop over time.
Useful website links
Natural History Museum – activities and information on science topics that are being covered
Science Kids – facts, experiment and online games
Bitesize – Science revision, games and quizzes
Brain Pop – Find out more about your current science topic