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Kensington Primary School

Kensington Primary School

Science

     

Vision

Science is a highly valued area of the curriculum at Kensington Primary school and is taught in line with the new National curriculum. Through Science we aim to develop curiosity, enjoyment, skills and a growing understanding of scientific knowledge in all of our pupils by allowing them to raise questions and investigate the world in which they live. As a result, children gain a solid scientific knowledge and understanding as well as developing the skills necessary for testing and investigating.

What is Science?

Through the study of: Physics, Biology and Chemistry, Science is the beginning of understanding the world around us. Science helps children to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Aims

The aims of teaching Science at KPS are:

  • To develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
  • To develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help children to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
  • To equip children with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Working Scientifically

Working scientifically specifies the understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science and underpins the teaching of Science at Kensington Primary School. Working scientifically skills are embedded into the curriculum through the following lines of enquiry:

  • observing over time
  • pattern seeking
  • identifying
  • classifying and grouping
  • comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations)
  • researching using secondary sources.

Science Overview

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
EYFS Body parts Light and dark Materials Healthy Eating Life cycles Forces - pushes and pulls
Year 1 Uses of everyday materials Seasonal Changes / Animals, including humans - identification and classification Animals, including humans  - identification and classification Seasonal Changes / Light and Dark Plants   - identification and classification
Year 2 Uses of everyday materials Animals, including humans - offspring and survival Plants - growth Living things and their habitats
Year 3 The life cycle of plants Forces - pushes and pull/ attraction repulsion Animals, including humans - healthy eating, the skeleton  and muscles The life cycle of plants Rocks Light
Year 4 Living things - habitats and classification Animals, including humans - digestion, teeth and food chains Animals, including humans - digestion, teeth and food chains Sounds States of Matter Electricity
Year 5 Forces Properties and changes of materials Earth, Sun and Moon Properties and changes of materials Animals, including humans - nutrition, healthy lifestyle and circulatory system
Year 6 Light Electricity     Evolution and inheritance Animals, including humans

Science week

Every year we organise a Science week with a particular focus, during which we have science presenters come in and host a variety of exciting workshops. Most importantly the children carry out a variety of fun, engaging investigations in and out of class in order to test and experience natural phenomena they might find  challenging to understand. We also hold a science fair for parents where children lead, present and showcase their investigations.

 Super Scientists

Every half term, a child will be chosen by each class teacher to become a Super Scientist. These children demonstrate a passion for Science, great enthusiasm during lessons, natural abilities to question the world around and a desire to develop and lead a variety of Scientific Enquiries. These children are given a special certificate, alongside a lab coat and safety goggles they can wear whenever they are doing Science. They become the pupil voice for Science across the school and take part in important decisions and Science planning.

Interactive Science area

In this area children have access to a range of Science books which provide them with support to all units being taught in the New National curriculum. It also gives them the opportunity to access topics they would like to research or have particular interests in. 

Science Club

This area is also used for our Science club, which takes place at lunchtime every week. Children who are selected for the award of Super Scientists are given places to attend the club. At the club they are given the opportunity to take part in some very exciting investigations.

Places to visit in London 
London has a wide variety of amazing places you can take your children to explore Science based activities, whilst spending quality time with you children:

  • Science Museum (free of charge)
  • Natural History Museum (free of charge)
  • London Zoo/ Aquarium
  • Local parks - mini beast/ plant hunts
  • New City farm
  • The Royal Observatory

Useful Science links for parents

Below are some websites where you can find fun, easy to manage investigations for you and your children to enjoy together:

https://sciencebob.com/category/experiments/

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/experiments.html

http://www.schoolofdragons.com/how-to-train-your-dragon/science-experiments

http://www.greatplanthunt.org/

http://www.simplyscience.com/science_resources/kids/

http://discoverykids.com/ 

https://www.brainpop.com/ 

http://group.sciencemuseum.org.uk/

http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/interactives/science/

 

  • Ofsted Outstanding Logo
  • Music Mark
  • Sainsburys School Games 14/15
  • RE Quality Bronze
  • Bronze Star 2016
  • Eco-Schools Bronze Award
  • Eco-Schools Silver Award
  • SSAT Educational Outcomes 2016