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Herne CE Infant and Nursery School

 

Science

 

Meaningful and successful Science teaching at Herne Infant and Nursery school is born out of the natural curiosity of children and their desire to find out and understand more about the world around them.

 

The intent of our Science curriculum is that it is in line with our creative, child centred approach which makes full use of the resources available, including our wonderful outdoor learning environments.          

Learning is built around children’s interests and is as hands on and experiential as possible so that all children, including SEND, have the same opportunities to achieve and excel.   

We aim to provide opportunities for cross-curricular links which provide a meaningful context for learning and which allow the children to apply other basic skills: maths, writing and reading.  Additionally, we recognise and encourage the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum.

Our curriculum is based on the acquisition of knowledge, skills and vocabulary with a focus on children knowing more and remembering more. Teachers make it explicit to children that they are learning science skills and that they are being ‘scientists’.

 Clear progression across year groups allows children to revisit and recap prior learning in order to embed skills and knowledge.

                                                                                                                                                        

EYFS

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

MATERIALS

Observing and manipulating objects and materials to identify differences and similarities.

(KUW)

Exploring and responding to a variety of sensory experiences through music and art.

(CD)

 

ANIMALS INCLUDING HUMANS

Using senses, e.g. feeling dough or listening to sounds in the environment. 

(KUW)

Recognising changes that happen to the body when active.

 Learning about the importance of keeping healthy.

(PD)

Exploring and responding to a variety of sensory experiences through music and art.

Learning about sounds – changing and imitating them.

(CD)

PLANTS

Exploring creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments. 

Showing care and concern for living things and the environment. 

(KUW)

 

 

Year 1

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Identifying, describing and comparing everyday materials and their properties.

Identifying and naming animals groups and the structure of these animals.

Identifying and naming parts of the human body and exploring our senses.

Identifying, naming and describing common plants and their structure.

SEASONAL CHANGE

Observing changes across the four seasons, describing weather and noticing how day length changes.

 

 

Year 2

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Identifying and comparing the suitability of a variety of everyday materials for particular uses.

Finding out how materials can be changed.

Finding out the basic survival needs for animals including humans.

Noticing that animals, including humans have offspring which grow into adults.

Learning about living things and their habitats.

Beginning to explore basic food chains.

Finding out about what plants need to grow and stay healthy.

 

 

 

Our hope for our children is that they take with them, not necessarily all the right answers but the inquisitiveness to keep on asking the right questions.

 

 
   

 

 

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