At Fircroft, we want our children to be involved in an engaging curriculum that will build, develop and promote their knowledge of the world around them. Science is about questioning, exploring and experimenting to challenge ideas and theories.
Our carefully designed Science curriculum is intended to spark our pupils’ curiosity in the world around them and help them develop skills in Science as a process of enquiry. We have personalised the Science curriculum to our pupils and our locality. By the time children leave Fircroft, they should be equipped with the scientific knowledge outlined in the National Curriculum in biology, chemistry and physics, have a deep understanding of what it means to work scientifically and be able to communicate their findings across a range of different methods including IT, graphs and charts. Across the course of the year, each class will have access to either a trip or a workshop directly related to their science unit in order to increase their understanding that science is vital in our day to day lives. We work in partnership with local universities and agencies, to provide real life scientific experiences. However, perhaps most fundamentally, we aim for all our children to leave Fircroft with a passion for and enjoyment of science.
What does Science look like at Fircroft?
Science builds on the Early Learning Goals for Understanding the World within the EYFS. In Key Stage 1 and 2, Science is taught through our carefully designed creative curriculum which gives full coverage of the National Curriculum programmes of study for Science 2014 to ensure progression and continuity throughout the school.
In Key Stage One, pupils observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and the world around them. They begin to work together to collect evidence to help them answer questions, find patterns, classify and group objects, research using a variety of sources and carry out simple testing. They share their ideas and communicate them using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables.
In Key Stage Two, pupils build on their knowledge of KS1 and will extend their scientific knowledge about the world around them further through exciting units of work like ‘Burps, Bottoms and Bile’ where pupils go on a voyage of discovery to investigate the busy world inside the human body. Pupils will carry out a range of scientific enquiries including: observations over time, pattern seeking, classifying, grouping and researching. Children in Key Stage Two learn to plan science investigations and begin to control variables where necessary to make it a fair test.