At Heathfield Primary School it is our aim to provide the best for our children. We live in an increasingly scientific and technological age and children need to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes to prepare them for life in the 21st century. We aim to ensure that all children are given the opportunity to question and investigate the world around them in a supportive and safe environment.
We teach children in a practical and investigative manner and using the school grounds where possible. The teaching of Science develops in children an interest and curiosity about the world in which they live, and fosters in them a respect for the environment.
The content of science teaching and learning is set out in the 2014 National Curriculum for primary schools in England. Within this, certain topics and areas are repeated across year groups, meaning that children may revisit a particular topic in each year of primary school but with increasing difficulty and with a different focus each time. For example, the area of animals, including humans is examined in every single year group, with a very clear progression of knowledge and understanding over the six years.
In Year 1 this involves: looking at the human body, recognising animal groups and sorting these animals. By Year 6, this will have developed into knowing the internal structure of the human body in relation to circulation, classifying living things based on more complex characteristics and exploring scientific research into this classification. Coverage for each year group can be found on the curriculum overview.
Alongside these areas runs the ‘Working Scientifically’ element. This focuses on the skills the children need to become accurate, careful and confident practical scientists. Children are expected to master certain skills in each year group and there is a very clear progression of these.