Science at Key Stage 2
Science at Key Stage 2 is taught by a specialist teacher in a dedicated Science room. Pupils in Years 3 to 5 have three Science lessons each week. In the well equipped Science room, which is adjacent to the ICT suite we have an interactive whiteboard and IT resources including a variety of computer simulations for teaching topics such as the Earth, the Sun and the Moon and Gases around us. There is a wide range of biological models, measuring and circuits equipment together with vibrant and colourful posters and textbooks.
The school has its own wildlife garden adjacent to the school grounds which is used as an additional resource for the teaching of environmental topics. Inside the classroom we have a collection of captive bred insects for aiding the teaching of topics such as life cycles.
Our main aims in teaching science at Breaside are:
- To help the children to understand the world about them by learning about a wide range of living things, materials and physical phenomena.
- To show the children that Science is relevant to them and their everyday lives.
- To encourage the children to use and apply their scientific knowledge and their own ideas to explain events occurring around them.
- To develop their methods of scientific enquiry. Investigative work encourages teamwork, co-operation, communication skills, and originality of thought.
- Finally, we hope to stimulate pupils’ curiosity and sense of wonder when they explore the natural and the physical world.
The teaching of science
We follow the programmes of study for Key Stage 2 National Curriculum Science.
There are four main areas of science that pupils study (called Attainment targets)
Sc1 Scientific Enquiry
Sc2 Life processes and living things
Sc3 Materials and their properties
Sc4 Physical processes
We use the QCA exemplar science scheme as a guideline for our plans of work.
To find out more detailed information about work for specific Year groups click on the links below: