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At Rose Hill, our aims in science are to equip pupils with knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the science curriculum, enabling them to understand the uses and implications of science, today and in the future. Year groups are taught science separately, including those children who are in a mixed age class. We use progression grids to ensure that prior knowledge, skills and vocabulary are built upon in subsequent year groups. During Science lessons, children explore the world around them and are encouraged to raise their own questions linked to the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. The main focus areas are –

  • Plants and animals (including humans), identifying habitats, evolution and inheritance.
  • Electricity and changing circuits, forces, magnets, Earth and Space, light, sight and sound.
  • Materials and states of matter.

Alongside these focus areas; children are taught essential enquiry skills. These are:

  • Observation over time
  • Pattern seeking
  • Identifying, classifying and grouping
  • Comparative and fair testing
  • Research using secondary sources

EYFS are given opportunities to play, explore, create and engage in active scientific learning linked to their own experiences and other curriculum areas. Children are encouraged to think critically and ask questions. In KS1, children are supported in the use of scientific enquiry and by KS2 children plan different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary. Lessons include the use of practical activities, grouping and comparing, taking measurements and using technology for research.

Links are made with other curriculum subjects where relevant, to further enhance learning. Including making links between STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). 

"I have enjoyed learning about how animals get rid of their waste." (KS1).

"I really adore science because you get to use magnets and it’s fun." (LKS2)

"Science shows us how things work and how they react with each other." (UKS2)​