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Science

Science at St. Augustine’s Catholic Primary School, Hythe

Introduction

Science is truly celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Primary School. Our intent for science is for our children to develop, enhance and encourage questions, curiosity and understanding of the scientific world. The foundational understanding of key scientific knowledge is taught through inspiring, hands on lessons and the children are encouraged to work collaboratively, using accurate scientific vocabulary.

Children are also exposed to STEM opportunities which allows children to make links to the real world and gives context to children which allows them to have a sense of purpose when engaged in their work.

Science at St. Augustine’s is based on the Kent Scheme of work and covers all aspects required by the National Curriculum. (Primary National Curriculum Science)

Science in the Early Years

EYFS Science Overview - click for details

In Early Years, children engage in scientific activities through their study and acquirement of Understanding the World (UW) and Physical Development (PD).  The enquiry skills are encouraged and developed through the Characteristics of Learning. Reception pupils follow the non-statutory guidance, Birth to 5 matters and are assessed initially against the ranges 1-6, moving to assessment against the ELG at the end of the Reception. We have mapped our science foundation skills in our EYFS experience as follows:

Knowing about the world

- Notice and talk about what they experience via their senses (how things smell, feel, look, sound etc) including changes to the seasons.

- Explore textures and talk about changes to materials using everyday language (i.e., melting). 

- Enjoy exploring the natural world during play such as bug hunting, planting seeds, combining ingredients in the mud kitchen. 

- Show interest in scientific concepts such as floating and sinking, changing of states, magnetic attraction, properties of materials and life cycles.

Science skills

- Explore how their actions effect the world and repeat activities to see this effect again. 

- Have their own interests and fascinations and share them with others in class.

- Make links between what they know and what they have found out.

- Check the progress of their experimentation and adjust as they play.  

By the end of the year a child working at the expected standard should know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They can talk about features of own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. Children will make observations of animals, plants & explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

If the EYFS child is working above the expected level, they will know that the environment and living things are influenced by human activity and can describe some actions which people in their own community do that help to maintain the area that they live in. Children will know the properties of some materials and can suggest some of the purposes they are used for. They are familiar with basic scientific concepts such as floating, sinking, experimentation.

Throughout all their learning in EYFS we are looking out for creative and critical thinking including:

Having their own ideas

  • Thinking of ideas
  • Finding ways to solve problems
  • Finding new ways to do things

Making links

  • Making links and noticing patterns in their experience
  • Making predictions
  • Testing their ideas
  • Developing ideas of grouping, sequences, cause and effect

 

             Choosing ways to do things

  • Planning, making decisions about how to approach a task, solve a problem and reach a goal
  • Checking how well activities are going
  • Changing strategy where needed
  • Reviewing how well the approach worked

These skills and areas of learning are developed further through the year 1 curriculum. 

Community links and learning further through science!

A simple example was when before the Pandemic when Year 5 we wrote letters to Tim Peake the astronaut after their Space topic.

They whole school watched him live in space and Year 5 read extracts from his autobiography.

This enthusiasm for “Everything Space” in turn inspired our float at the Venetian fete in Hythe that year, where Art and DT were celebrated along with teamwork and sense of community.