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Science

The school aims to develop the natural curiosity of children through careful observation and first hand experiences. In this way the children are able to develop the skills, attitudes, concepts and understanding necessary to equip them for the scientific world in which they live.

The science curriculum is divided into the following areas:-

Working Scientifically

Children are encouraged to build up and apply the intellectual and practical skills necessary for the development of scientific investigations. They will:

  • Ask simple questions
  • Make observations
  • Perform simple tests
  • Identify and classify
  • Use observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • Gather and record data

Living Things & Habitats

Children will explore the difference between things that are living, dead and things that have never been alive. They will consider habitats for a variety of animals and plants and begin to learn how animals obtain food from other animals or plants.

Plants

Children will learn to identify and name common plants and to describe their basic structure. They will learn how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants and find out what plants need to grow and stay healthy

Animals including Humans

Children will identify and name a variety of common animals and their groups (fish, reptiles, birds and mammals) and whether they are carnivores, herbivores or omnivores. They will be introduced to the idea that humans and animals have offspring that grow into adults. They will learn about the senses and body parts for humans, what animals and humans need to stay alive and what they need to keep healthy

Everyday Materials and their uses

Children will identify a variety of everyday materials (wood, glass, metal, plastic, rock) and consider their properties. They will look at the suitability of different materials that are used to make objects and find out how some materials can be changed.

Seasonal Changes

Children will observe changes across the four seasons and observe weather associated with different seasons. They will also consider how day length varies through the year.