At Greythorn, Science education provides the foundations for understanding the world around us through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We aim for children to develop their understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science through enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them. We strive to equip children with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science today and for the future.
In the Foundation Stage, Science is taught as an integral part of the topics covered during the year and we relate the scientific aspects of the children’s work to the objectives set out in the EYFS curriculum – Understanding the World. At Key Stage One, scientific study is combined with other subject areas. At Key Stage Two, Science is taught on a weekly basis and is often linked to the current topic.
Science at Greythorn links strongly to our four principles:
Healthy Body, Healthy Mind – across every phase group the children learn about the human body and how to care for themselves. This knowledge builds as they progress through the school and by Year 5/6 they know about: how to care for their teeth and body, what a healthy diet looks like and the digestive system, the function of the heart and the effects of exercise on the body.
Everybody Different, Everybody Counts – during science lessons, the children work collaboratively and listen to others opinions and ideas as well as contributing to group discussions.
Believe and Achieve – the children have many opportunities to test their predictions and think creatively about how they can carry out their investigations. They draw conclusions from their results and address any problems that may have arisen, suggesting ways in which they could improve or adapt the investigation.
Working together to protect the environment – through learning about living things, the children find out about different habitats both locally and throughout the world. This then leads on to learning about the impact of climate change on these habitats and how they can make a difference.
To help raise the profile of science at Greythorn, we have designated Year 6 Science Ambassadors whose responsibilities include, hosting science assemblies and running Science clubs at lunchtimes. They also share mini-investigations with other classes across the school.
Have a look at our Key Knowledge Progressions Documents for Science: