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The Divine Mercy

Roman Catholic Primary School

‘with Jesus in our hearts and the Children at the centre, we welcome and reach out to our diverse community in the Christian Spirit’
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Science

Science is all about children developing their sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around them. At The Divine Mercy, we use a range of teaching methods in science lessons, with an emphasis on developing and extending the children’s existing scientific ideas. This leads to children learning to work as scientists, planning and undertaking practical investigations.
Each year the children cover different topics from Biology, Chemistry and Physics, deepening their understanding of nature, scientific processes and how science can be used today and in the future.

 


What each year group does: 

 

EYFS

Science is explored mainly through 'Understanding The World' part of the EYFS framework. Children explore creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments.

They observe and manipulate objects and materials to identify differences and similarities.

Children also learn to use their senses. In the "Characters of learning" section of the framework we also develop the children's learning skills. 

Years 1/2

Study plants, animals (including humans), everyday materials and their uses, seasonal changes, living things and their habitats.

Years 3/4 

Study plants, animals (including humans - nutrition, skeletons, muscles), rocks and soils, states of matter, light and sound, forces and magnets, electricity, living things and their habitats.

Years 5/6

Study animals (including humans - ages and stages, and evolution and inheritance), properties and changes of materials, earth in space, forces, living things and their habitats, light, electricity. 

 

Progressing Vocabulary

Science at The Divine Mercy

Intent

At The Divine Mercy, we encourage our children to develop their curiosity about the world around them and to expand their scientific skills over their school career. We encourage children to be inquisitive and promote respect for both the living and the non-living. Our curriculum is designed so that each year children build upon their prior learning to deepen their understanding. Cross curricular opportunities are also identified and planned to ensure contextual relevance for the children.

 

Implementation

Teachers at The Divine Mercy foster a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms and reinforce the expectation that all pupils are capable of achieving high standards in science. Existing knowledge is checked at the start of each new science unit so that teaching is informed by the children's starting points and planning takes into account pupil voice by incorporating the children's interests as well ensuring that any misconceptions can be addressed.

Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and are given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers. This curiosity is celebrated within the classroom. We build upon the knowledge and skill development of the previous years. As the children's knowledge and understanding increases, they become more proficient in utilising their 'working scientifically' skills and become more confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence. 

 

Impact

Our approach to studying science results in a fun, engaging and high-quality science education that provides children with the foundations and knowledge to help them understand the world. Children at The Divine Mercy enjoy science and this results in motivated learners with sound scientific understanding. 

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