At Seven Hills, we strive to provide a high quality and engaging science curriculum which encourages and enables our children to explore and discover the world around them, sparking their curiosity so that they develop a deeper understanding of our world and beyond.
In order to achieve our vision, we aim to provide children with strong foundational knowledge and concepts which they will build upon as they move up through school. Children begin their scientific journey in Foundation stage where they begin to identify similarities and differences between objects, materials and living things as well as beginning to make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur. As children move up into Key Stage 1, they will acquire key knowledge in various topics which include animals, plants and everyday materials. Re-visiting these topics in Key Stage 2, children will build on previous knowledge, learning key facts about the parts of a plant, their function and importance to our world as well as being able to identify the key elements that plants need to be able to thrive. Children will begin to identify the nutritional needs of us as humans and will begin to explore the way the body works, focusing on key functions and processes such as the skeleton, the digestive system, teeth and circulatory system. By year 6, children will also be able to debate lifestyle choices and how the things we do impact upon our own bodies. Throughout Key Stage 2, children will also explore other exciting topics including light, sound, electricity and states of matter.
Alongside these building blocks of knowledge, children will learn and encounter key scientific vocabulary as well as becoming familiar with the five key elements of scientific enquiry; pattern seeking, observations over time, research, identifying and classifying and fair testing. Consistent modelling and exposure to these five key elements will culminate in year 6, with children being able to pose their own scientific questions, identify the enquiry which will best solve their question before planning their investigation and recording their observations.
In short, we aim to nurture a future generation of independent scientific thinkers and instil a passion for learning about the world around us that will continue to grow and enable children to think scientifically about some of the challenges we may face in the future.