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Branston Church of England Infant Academy

'The Best We Can Be'

Science

Branston Infants Church of England Academy Science Curriculum

 

Intent

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.

 

Implementation

Here is a table showing the topic titles for each term and the science objectives that we are planning to cover in each topic.

 

              

 

Brilliant Branston

Dungeons and Dragons

Amazing Africa

Paw, Claws and Whiskers

Seeds, Soil and Sunshine

Beside the Seaside

Science

 

Seasonal changes to be record – T1, T3, T5 and at the end of the year

Everyday Materials

Year 1:

-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

 

 

 

Everyday Materials:

Year 2:

 

-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

Year 1:

-identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores

Year 2:

-Notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults

 

Animals: food chains

Year 1:

-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)

Year 2:

-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)

 

 

 

 

Plants/ seeds

Year 1:

-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

Year 2:

-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

Year 1:

-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

Year 2:

-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

 

 

       
       

 

 

 We are keen for children to understand that science occurs everywhere and so each topic has a broad mix of biology, chemistry and physics contained within. In addition to our topic work, we also hold whole school science weeks.  These provide us with a focused opportunity to explore a variety of science related topics as a school.

 

We work to ensure that our science provision continues to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum as well as inspire the future generation of great scientists. We encourage children to think scientifically by; observing, predicting, exploring, classifying, investigating and analysing.

 

At Branston Infants we are surrounded by the most curious of minds, we know that our children have the potential to be great scientists, they just need a little time and assistance to refine their thoughts and some encouragement to ask themselves why. 

 

Impact

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.

Spectacular Science

Our Super Science Day

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