Science in Key Stage 1 at St Matthew’s

Curriculum Intent:

Our vision and values, as well as our locality and pupils’ backgrounds shape our curriculum. We aim to provide meaningful opportunities and learning experiences that enable the development of skills that equip children for life.

We believe science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. We aim to build on and develop these areas during the children’s time at St Matthew’s so that they can apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, conducting experiments, explaining concepts confidently, asking questions and being curious about their surroundings. Our Science curriculum fosters a healthy curiosity about our universe and promotes respect for living and non-living things.

Curriculum Implementation:

At St Matthew’s teachers create a positive attitude towards Science learning within their classrooms and have high expectations of all children achieving high standards in this area of the curriculum.

In Key Stage 1 we teach Science following the National Curriculum’s programme of study. We ensure that our lessons allow children to work scientifically, embedding the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills:

  • asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways
  • observing closely, using simple equipment
  • performing simple tests
  • identifying and classifying
  • using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • gathering and recording data to help in answering questions

Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of Science involves the following:

  • Science is taught weekly using Chris Quigley’s Greater Depth in Science resource, whilst incorporating investigative ideas from the Kent Scheme of Work. Using these planning tools, we involve problem solving opportunities that allow children to find out for themselves. They are encouraged to ask questions and they are given opportunities to use their scientific skills to discover the answers.
  • Teachers use high quality questioning in lessons to gain an understanding of children’s conceptual knowledge and skills and children are assessed at the end of each unit of work to identify any gaps in learning, so that all children keep up.
  • We build upon the learning and skills of the previous years. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases, and they become more proficient in selecting and using scientific equipment and in collating and interpreting results.
  • Developing children’s scientific vocabulary is a key focus at St Matthew’s. Vocabulary is introduced and displayed in every lesson and children are encouraged to use it when explaining about their scientific understanding.
  • Teachers find opportunities to develop children’s understanding of their surroundings by including Outdoor Learning sessions within our Science provision.
  • Children are also offered a range of trips to complement and broaden the curriculum. These are purposeful and link with the knowledge being taught within the classroom.
  • Regular events, such as Science Week or Outdoor Learning, provide a broader provision for all pupils, which supports them in the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills.

Curriculum Impact:
The successful approach at St Matthew’s results in a fun, engaging science education that provides children with the foundations and knowledge for understanding the world. Our engagement with the local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first-hand experiences of the world around them. Frequent and progressive learning outside the classroom is embedded throughout the science curriculum. Through trips and interactions with experts, children have the understanding that science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Children at St Matthew’s enjoy their Science learning and this results in motivated learners with good scientific understanding.

Please note that Science learning with the EYFS can be found in our EYFS section of the website.

Science Coverage Year 1 & 2

Science Concept Posters

Science on a Page