At Wembley Primary School, our science curriculum aims to develop the knowledge and skills pupils need to gain a deeper understanding of the world around them. We aim to encourage children to ask questions and with an exciting, inspiring and inclusive curriculum, foster their natural curiosity.
We want to ensure children are equipped with the knowledge, skills and understanding of key processes in Science through enquiry. This will be developed through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics through the use of first-hand practical experiences as well as some use of appropriate secondary sources, such as books, photographs and videos. This should build a foundation that will encourage children to be excited and curious about natural phenomena. We aim to ensure that all pupils use relevant scientific language to discuss their ideas and communicate their findings in ways that are appropriate for different audiences. This will build their use of specialist technical terminology which is deeply embedded within the curriculum. Our curriculum will equip children with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
SCIENCE OVERVIEW - YEARS 1 to 6
The successful approach at Wembley Primary School results in children acquiring the
appropriate age related knowledge linked to the science curriculum as well as developing enquiry skills that will equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to fully understand the world beyond primary school. Assessment at Wembley Primary School is teacher based supported by standardised summative and formative quizzes, which enable teachers to identify and address misconceptions in children's learning.
All children will have:
- A wider variety of skills and retain knowledge that is relevant to Science with a real life context.
- A richer vocabulary which will enable them to articulate their understanding of taught concepts.
- High aspirations, that will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life.
How could you support your child with Science at home?
Enquiry skills are a crucial part of the Science curriculum. Why not try investigate using different enquiry skills?
Fair Testing - observing and exploring relationships between variables or factors. Changing one factor and observing or measuring the effect, whilst keeping other factors the same.
E.g. How does the temperature of water affect the rate at which sugar dissolves? Which paper towel soaks up most water?
Pattern seeking - observing and recording natural phenomena, or carrying out surveys, where variables cannot readily be controlled, and then seeking patterns in the data.
E.g. Do people with longer legs jump higher? Do dandelions in the shade have longer leaves than those in the light? Are some birds more popular than others in your local area?
Classifying and identifying - arranging a range of objects, animals, plants or events into manageable sets, or recognising them as members of particular sets and allocating names to them.
E.g. How can we group these invertebrates? Which things conduct electricity and which do not? What is this substance?
Observing over time - helps us to identify and measure events and changes in living things, materials and physical processes. E.g. Puddles evaporating · Watching a shadow move · Growing plants
Research - is used when the answer is found using secondary sources. There are lots of questions that are impossible or unsafe for children to answer using first-hand experience such as what lives in Antarctica, or how do fireworks work.
E.g. Which birds migrate the furthest? Why do different animals live in different places?
It is important to promote curiosity in Science. If you are interested in supporting your child’s Science education have a look at the following websites: