Preston Park Primary

Science

Why science matters to us at Preston Park

At Preston Park we really believe in practical science to stimulate excitement and curiosity about the natural world around us. It is important to give pupils the opportunity to be amazed allowing them to learn without even realising it.

“For young learners, science is just an extension of their everyday world. We don’t have to teach young children how to wonder, discover, and explore through play because they do it naturally.”

What’s in it for me?      

Building a solid scientific knowledge base alongside learning the skills required to plan, carry out investigations and analyse results is critical to supporting development through primary and into secondary education. As Albert Einstein, himself, said “The important thing is to not stop questioning.” Each and every one of our pupils is a ‘young scientist’ encouraged to ask questions and work scientifically to find their own answers. Through all our science teaching our aims are to;

  • Develop pupils’ enjoyment and interest in science
  • Develop pupils’ understanding of key scientific concepts and scientific skills
  • Ensure that pupils understand the relevance of what they are learning

Science provides our pupils with a range of opportunities to become 21st Century learners. We pride ourselves on developing problem-solvers, critical thinkers and innovators through our curriculum.

You will find the answers to questions such as:

  • Why do we see ‘history’ whenever we look at the stars?
  • What can you see when there is absolutely no light?
  • Where does a puddle go?

How we teach science effectively

We have a specialist science teacher who teaches classes across the school. Our science laboratory is a fantastic learning space which enables us to deliver practical, engaging and active lessons. Our aim is to provide meaningful experiences to develop understanding of the natural world. We seek to provide a creative curriculum to ensure pupils are motivated, engaged and enthused by the subject and above all, passionate young scientists! We also enjoy celebrating ‘Science Week’ annually with activities and events across the school.

Future careers in science   

Analytical and problem-solving skills are critical to so many careers.

Young scientists can go on to become pharmacists, developing new medicines to fight diseases or working for NASA exploring new discoveries in space.

Our Science Curriculum

Our science framework ensures that we are meeting all the required national curriculum objectives. The topics covered in each year group are listed below.

Key Stage 1

  • Plants
  • Animals including humans
  • Everyday materials
  • Seasonal change
  • Living things and their habitats

During years 1 and 2 pupils observe, explore and ask scientific questions. They carry out simple experiments using equipment to collect evidence to explain their ideas. They communicate these using technical vocabulary, drawings, charts and tables.

Lower Key Stage 2

  • Plants
  • Animals including humans
  • Electricity
  • Forces and magnets
  • Rocks
  • Light
  • States of matter
  • Sound
  • Living things and their habitats

During years 3 and 4 pupils ask relevant questions and carry out simple practical enquires, comparative and fair tests to draw conclusions. They make systematic and careful observations and take accurate measurements to gather data using a range of equipment. These findings are recorded using scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts and tables. Pupils use their results to make predictions, suggest improvements and raise further scientific questions.

Upper Key Stage 2

  • Animals including humans
  • Electricity
  • Evolution and inheritance
  • Properties and changes of materials
  • Forces
  • Earth and space
  • Living things and their habitats

During years 5 and 6 pupils plan and carry out different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions. They take measurements using a range of scientific equipment with accuracy and precision. They record their data using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, table, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs. These are used to make predictions to set up further tests.