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Science

Intent

We love to ask questions at Kew Riverside. Why do we have night and day? Why did the dinosaurs become extinct? Creating meaningful learning experiences for our children is at the heart of everything we do. We believe that when equipped with both subject knowledge and scientific enquiry skills, such as observing closely and pattern seeking, our children will be well placed to make sense of the world around them, answering their own questions. We want our children to be able to question ideas and test hypotheses, sharing their conclusions in a range of ways. Our planet needs children today to identify human impacts on the environment so that as future citizens they can respect and care for the world around them. We believe our children will be well equipped to do this. 

 

Curriculum Implementation

Placing scientific enquiry and investigation at the core of our Science curriculum enables us to offer our children rich learning opportunities through which to explore our world. We teach our children to be resilient learners, who ask questions and have the independence to seek their own answers, supported by high quality teaching.

 

In Reception and Year 1 children explore Science in real world contexts through continuous provision, whilst Year 2-6 have weekly lessons. Each term children learn about a new Science topic, beginning with a chance to ask questions and share their knowledge, before embarking on their learning journey together. At the end of the topic, children have the opportunity to revisit their earlier questions and to share their new understanding. We follow the National Curriculum which organises the teaching of Science into three disciplines: biology, chemistry and physics.

 

Biology Units:

Chemistry Units:

Physics Units:

  • Animals including humans
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Plants
  • Evolution and inheritance
  • Materials
  • Rocks
  • States of matter
  • Properties and changes of materials

 

  • Sound
  • Light
  • Electricity
  • Forces
  • Space

 

 

 

Alongside the topics covered by the National Curriculum, we finish the school year with a whole school focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each class explores one of the 17 SDGs through a scientific lens, applying the knowledge and skills they have learnt throughout the year. We believe that this real life application of science, within a global context, will enable our children to see how Science is fundamental to life on our planet and equip them with the skills to actively protect and improve our world.

 

A Science unit is supported by a Knowledge Organiser which details the conceptual knowledge, vocabulary, skills and learning steps for each topic.

 

Enrichment

  • Science trips: Kew Gardens (workshop and self-led), London Wetland Centre, Pensford Field, Juniper Hall, RSPB visit.
  • Science week: themed workshops, class-swap science, child-led activities, science in our community.
  • Community opportunities: the children tend their allotment throughout the year, with the help of parents, using these experiences to support scientific understanding of plants and growth.

(Would then include pictures of work/experiences to show the impact)