Branston Infants Church of England Academy Science Curriculum
Our curriculum is designed to encourage the development of our school values: love, forgiveness, perseverance, kindness, honesty and respect alongside meeting the specific needs of our community. Pupils study the full curriculum as exemplified by the National Curriculum.
Our Science curriculum ensures that children at Branston Infants have the knowledge and skills required to be a scientist. They will develop;
• The ability to think independently and raise questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and skills that it brings.
• Confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in, for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations.
• Excellent scientific knowledge and understanding which is demonstrated in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings.
Science in EYFS
Children will explore similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They will be given the opportunities to talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. Tasks are planned for children to use their observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes. Children will understand the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.
Here is a table showing the topic titles for each term and the science objectives that we are planning to cover in each topic.
Dungeons and Dragons
Paw, Claws and Whiskers
Seeds, Soil and Sunshine
Beside the Seaside
Seasonal changes to be record – T1, T3, T5 and at the end of the year
-distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made
-identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock
-describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials
--compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties
-identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses
-find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching
Animals: food chains
-identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores
-Notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults
Animals: food chains
-identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals
-describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals including pets)
-identify and name a variety of animals in their habitats, including microhabitats
-describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food
--Find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans for survival (water, food and air)
-identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees
-identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees
-identify and name a variety of plants
-observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants
-find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy
--Describe the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene
Animals including humans
-Identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense
Living things and their habitats
-explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive
-identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and how they depend on each other
At Branston Infants the children will feel confident in their science knowledge and enquiry skills and be excited about science. They will show that they are actively curious to learn more and will see the relevance of what they learn in science lessons to real-life situations and also the importance of science in the real world.