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Aims of the Subject

• To build on the children’s natural curiosity.

• To take an active part in hands on activities.

• To apply their knowledge and understanding of science. • To develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

• To develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that helps them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.

• To ensure they are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Curriculum Overview

At Brize Norton Primary School we seek ways to harness a child’s natural curiosity for the world around them. We encourage them to ask questions and come up with their own ideas about how they might be able to answer them. Science lessons are linked to exciting topics across the school throughout the year. Investigation skills are taught to every year group and the children are given opportunities to apply them through practical and interactive lessons. Each year the children take part in the Oxford ‘Big Science Event’. This ensures the children are able to think and work independently and have more creative input over how and what they investigate. We feel this really increases their engagement and motivation - both for Science and in making links to learning in English and Mathematics. We have run ever-popular Science clubs, which have been well attended, showing children that science can be fun and used outside of the classroom. Wherever possible learning is applied using the outdoor environment, showing the children that Science is all around them in their everyday lives.

What the children say

“Science is cool. I like it when we get to do exciting experiments”

“It’s awesome it help you to develop a good brain. I particularly enjoy biology and want to be a Dr when I grow up”.

“I enjoy learning about how to do fun things like separating liquids”

"It is enjoyable, exciting and fascinating”

Science is taught using a two-year rolling programme.

Topics 2017 - 18

Key Stage 1

Autumn Term: Weather; Materials

Spring Term: Animals; Living Things and their Habitats

Summer Term: Humans, Exercise and Healthy Eating

Year 3

Autumn Term: Forces and magnets; Light

Spring Term: Animals including humans

Summer Term: Plants; Rocks

Years 4, 5 and 6

Autumn Term: Forces and Magnets

Spring Term: Earth and Space

Summer Term: Properties and Changes of Materials; Living Things and their Habitats