Intent: Science – Investigation
Our school aims:
Through our Christian values, we aim for:
- Happy, kind individuals;
- Opportunities for all;
- Love of learning for life;
- Motivated children who can thrive and succeed;
- Empowered children equipped with the skills to flourish in the wider world;
- Resilient, respectful and responsible children.
The curriculum is designed with our pupils and the Holmer community in mind. It enables children to access and enhance their understanding of their home, their city and the wider community, developing their cultural capital and giving them opportunities and choices about their future and their impact as they progress through their school career and beyond. This will help them become successful members of modern British society, preparing them for the challenges and opportunities.
EYFS: “To use different approaches to answer scientific questions. To carry out simple tests.“
KS1: “To ask simple questions and understand that they can be answered in a variety of ways.”
KS2: “To ask relevant questions and use different types of scientific enquiries to answer them.
To set up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests."
What will be made, produced, performed, or published?
Children will produce a piece of work, demonstrating their knowledge and understanding.
They will participate in a sequence of lessons with a scientific focus, producing a range of evidence including written work.
What knowledge will the children have embedded?
Children will be able to ask and answer a range of questions linked to biology, chemistry and physics, using their answers to link to situations in the real world.
What retention may be demonstrated?
Here are some example questions that may be used to assess children’s understanding.
⇒ EYFS: Can you ask a simple question? What does a scientist do?
⇒ KS1: Can you ask a simple scientific question and say how it might be answered? How do scientists work? Can you name a famous scientist?
⇒ KS2: Can you tell us about a time you have conducted a scientific investigation? How do scientists ensure that a test is fair? Can you talk about a famous scientist and what they have discovered?
- Children may demonstrate an understanding of a fair test and following key enquiry questions, and know that the fundamental principles of meaningful science and that throughout time, scientists have developed and refined this method with peer review.
- Scientists throughout history such as Darwin, Newton and Higgs & Boson have advanced this endeavour despite opposition and resistance from society and faith bodies.
⇒ Individual liberty
⇒ Mutual respect
⇒ Tolerance of different faiths & beliefs