Science – curriculum information

At Withernsea Primary School Science is a fundamental part of our curriculum. We strive to provide all children with an inclusive, high quality, broad and balanced Science curriculum that helps children develop into curious and independent learners. Science is taught throughout the school to encourage all children to investigate the world around them progressing from their local environment, to more globally and beyond.

We aim for every child to be confident enough to explore and investigate their world with hands on learning experiences. Science teaching at Withernsea Primary school also aims to equip children with the specific skills to help them think scientifically, to gain an understanding of scientific processes and realise the importance of Science for society, today and in the future.

Science teaching at Withernsea Primary school encourages all children from Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2 to have opportunities to ask questions, predict, hypothesise, gather/ interpret data from observation and draw conclusions.

Scientific enquiry skills are embedded in each topic and these are revisited and developed throughout the years. Equal emphasis is given to the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics through units of work linked to animals, plants, forces, light, sound, earth, space and materials.

Sequences of lessons are planned to build on the children’s prior knowledge. Specific vocabulary for each topic is taught and built up through each year group. Children are ‘pre-loaded’ with information for topics they will cover in the future, allowing them to make connections between scientific processes and ideas.

As a whole school, we enjoy participating in the annual British Science Week and endeavour to promote a love of Science through the variety of themes provided; fun Science activities are matched carefully to the different age ranges from Foundation through to Y6 helping to foster a lifelong affinity with Science and so inspire the young Scientists and Engineers of the future.

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