Science at Christ Church School
Here at Christ Church we encourage children to explore their curiosities and theories relating to Science. We try to ensure that children are excited and intrigued by the topics, through varied and exciting activities and investigations. We strive to incorporate Science across the curriculum, linking themes from other topics or organised days, events and trips to the subject. Our curriculum aims to broaden the children's scientific view of, and respect for the world around them, whilst promoting a love for enquiry and a desire for exploring new things.
We are always eager to work with professionals within the STEM industries to promote a positive attitude towards the exciting and fascinating world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. With this is mind we have developed links with SEERIH at Manchester University, PSQM, STEM ambassadors and we are participating in the "Facetime a farmer" initiative through LeafUK. It is important for the children to understand the various routes and diverse career opportunities within the STEM industries and for the children to see that scientists are men, women, students and anyone with a curiosity about the natural world.
Exciting and practical
Along with English and Maths, Science is one of the main core subjects in our school. It is one of the most exciting and practical subjects and, as a result, it is a real joy for our children. Children love the chance to learn through being totally hands-on and finding things out for themselves. We aim to provide a positive primary science experience to encourage future generations to not only study this at secondary school, but also potentially to follow it as a career.
Our Science curriculum
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
In the EYFS, science is included within the Understanding the World area of learning. As with other learning in Reception, our children mainly learn about science through games and play, for example which objects float and sink during water play. These activities also help your child to develop important skills such as observation, prediction and critical thinking.
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6)
The content of science teaching and learning is set out in the 2014 National Curriculum for primary schools in England. Within this, certain topics and areas are repeated across year groups, meaning that children revisit a particular topic in each year of primary school but with increasing difficulty and with a different focus each time.
The content for each year group is as follows:
Alongside these we also work scientifically. This focuses on the skills the children need to become accurate, careful and confident practical scientists. Children are expected to master certain skills in each year group.
Year 1 and 2 Working scientifically
During years 1 and 2, pupils should be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content:
Year 3 and 4 Working scientifically
During years 3 and 4, pupils should be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content:
Year 5 and 6 Working scientifically
During years 5 and 6, pupils should be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content: