Science is a core subject, alongside maths and English. Since the Covid-19 Pandemic, science nationally has had to step back to allow children to recover their learning in maths and English. As a result, a love of science is being lost, and less students are opting to study science at higher education levels.
OFSTED produced a science review in April 2021, highlighting these issues. The review can be found here.
Here at Alma Primary, we are dedicated to encouraging children to love science. We foster a culture of being inquisitive and asking questions, as well as challenging preconceptions and understanding variables.
We follow the National Curriculum, which outlines the following aims in science:
- To develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- To 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
- Children are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future
EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) - The EYFS Framework for science comes under the heading Understanding of the World. It is introduced indirectly through activities that encourage every child to explore, problem solve, observe, predict, think, make decisions and talk about the world around them. The EYFS Understanding of the World can be located in this document here.
KS1 & KS2 - The National Curriculum learning outline can be found here showing the progression from KS1 to KS2 .
Alma is a cross curricular school and each class has a half termly overview topic. In Year 1, we study ‘Water’, where we link all our learning to water in some form. Science learning would become linked to the water cycle in this theme, and physical experiments would include studying evaporation and absorption, and in the past children have visited Affinity Water for water workshops. Likewise, in Year 4, one topic is 'Calendar' and the science is linked to astronomy, planets and the moon. We might see physical experiments challenging gravity, and trips to The Royal Observatory in Greenwich, or the Lookout Discovery Centre.
We take part annually in British Science Week, and continued to do so, even through the pandemic lockdown. We are proud of our science learning in our school!