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The National Curriculum (2013) states that:

"A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Aims

The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. "

At the Oaks, Science is taught following the aims and content of the National Curriculum. It is, where possible, taught through creative topic based work. We think Science is really fun and we provide children with first-hand experiences and opportunities to work scientifically in order to develop their scientific understanding. 

In the foundation stage we foster a hands-on curiosity for exploration of the world which feeds into the children’s skills for enquiry further on in the school.  Children are encouraged to develop their scientific skills through careful observations, investigations, experimenting, measuring, comparing and questioning. We aim to provide children with a range of opportunities where they are encouraged to make predictions, carry out fair tests, use scientific vocabulary, and technology. Through these fantastic experiences children learn the skills needed in order to present their ideas and evidence in appropriate ways and to make links with cause and effect. Children are also supported to use scientific equipment safely and to consider how their actions affect the environment. We nurture and promote a sense of responsibility in all children to care and respect their surroundings and all living things.

In Years One and Two we have enjoy some fantastic topics, such as:

  •  Chocolate.   We focus on changing materials and whether the effects of heat would be reversible or irreversible.
  • The Great Fire of London. We investigated how sound travels.
  • Lights, camera, action! We observed and compared different sources of light and we experimented with circuits.
  • A Bug’s life. We used simple information sources, asked questions and related life processes to the mini -beasts in our local environment, showing them care and sensitivity.
  • Fire and ice. We investigated the properties of materials and how they can burn or freeze. We thought carefully about keeping safe and why it is important to follow instructions.

Some useful websites:

These website have some fantastic videos and games for you to explore with your children.

To read our Science policy, click on the link below:
If you would like to find out more about our curriculum please email parentvoice@oaks.kent.sch.uk.
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