Science teaching at Kessingland Church of England Primary Academy 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.
In Early years, Science is taught through the children understanding the world around them in their learning through play. In Key Stage One and Two, throughout the programmes of study, the children will acquire and develop the key knowledge that has been identified within each unit and across each year group, as well as the application of scientific skills.
In Key Stage One, pupils are taught about life processes and living things and materials and their properties. In Key Stage Two, pupils are taught about physical process as well as extending their knowledge of life processes and living things.
Scientific enquiry skills are embedded in each topic the children study and these topics are revisited and developed throughout their time at school. Topics, such as Plants, are taught in Key Stage One and studied again in further detail throughout Key Stage Two. This spiral curriculum model allows children to build upon their prior knowledge and increases their enthusiasm for the topics whilst embedding this procedural knowledge into the long-term memory.
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. Specialist vocabulary for topics is taught and built up, and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged. 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.
In addition to the discrete topics taught in Science, there are ongoing aspects taught over the year e.g. observing and talking about the changes in weather and seasons across the year and using the environment throughout the year to explore and answer questions about animals and their habitats.