Science mission statement
Our intent at Kingfisher is to promote the joy of asking questions, to encourage children to be inquisitive; we want children to see themselves as Scientists. We want children to be equipped with knowledge and skills of science to enable them to become our future, engineers, inventors and scientists.
Each term we plan full coverage of the curriculum using the ‘SNAP SCIENCE’ scheme. Units are structured across the term as roughly two lessons per week, however class teachers have flexibility to ‘block’ groups of lessons if appropriate,
Science is a core subject within the National Curriculum, therefore we have used our chosen scheme to carefully map learning so that children have secure and detailed knowledge of all aspects of science across a two year rolling programme. Emphasis is placed on practical aspects of science and we use the local Teacher Scientist Network to support us with resourcing this. Links are made across units to embed learning, as well as links across subject areas to support children to apply their learning.
In EYFS, children are given opportunities to practise the skills taught in their Science lessons as part of their continuous provision.
We live in a beautiful part of the world and are fortunate to be surrounded by wonderful green spaces; therefore within our curriculum we also plan specific science themed days that ensure that children gain a secure understanding of the world immediately around them, for example knowing names of common trees.
Our school sites have spaces that enable the enrichment of science and embedding learning, there are areas for exploring, for growing plants, for observing aquatic life (pond).
Lower Key Stage Two from both schools attends a residential at a local site that places a great emphasis on learning outdoors in its beautiful grounds.
Science progression of skills