The important thing
is to never stop
Science at Avenue
Science is taught across the school according to the primary curriculum issued by the government. Classes use Explorify at least once a week to get pupils thinking Scientifically and promote discussion and debate.
In KS2 the topics are taught on a 2 year rolling program. This means that one year children in Years 3 and 4 will cover the Year 3 topics and the next year they will cover the Year 4 topics. Years 5 and 6 cover the units in the same way.
Year 1 and 2 cover the topics for their particular year group over a one year period.
How we teach.
The curriculum has a focus on children observing a range of scientific events over time, to observe and explain changes. Examples of this are planting seeds for which each year group has a planting box outside. They observe the same tree during different seasons to see for themselves the changes that occur.
The driver for our science curriculum at Avenue is Working Scientifically. Across the school children learn to work like a scientist. For example through observation, carrying out tests, identifying and classifying, researching using secondary sources, making comparisons, predictions and conclusions. Examples of practical science investigations can be found in each class' BIG Science book accompanied by the children's voices and photographic evidence of the children's learning. On each class' science working wall, you will see the current curriculum coverage, current science work, science vocabulary and scientific questions raised during lessons.
Scientific vocabulary is expected to be taught so that pupils can read and spell the words related to their topics at an age appropriate level.
The new curriculum ensures that children develop a wide ranging understanding of science in the world around them, “using technical terminology accurately and precisely”.
There are clear links between science and maths with an emphasis on collecting, presenting and interpreting data.
School visits are a great hands on way to support children's learning in Science. For example Year 1 and 2 are visiting Brocks Hill Country park to look for minibeasts and pond dip and later in the Summer Term we are visiting the Attenborough Arboretum to study habitats and trees. In previous years pupils have visited the National Space Centre and experienced Space inside a visiting planetarium in school. We have had talks from parents who are Scientists working in the space industry.
If you are interested in finding out in more detail, you can find the relevant curriculum documents at:
Useful websites for children.
From time to time your child’s home-learning will involve an activity related to their science topic, or you may simply wish to help your child understand something that is happening in the world around them, answer a question they may have asked or extend learning from the classroom.
These websites may be useful.
Please see the curriculum page for links to Eco Schools and the D+T growing and cooking.