Broadoak Primary School

Science at Broadoak


Our Aims

At Broadoak School the teaching of Science is directed towards exciting children’s curiousity; asking questions about the world around them and investigating ways to find the answers about the world around them. Science is an important area of the curriculum and we recognise our responsibility in preparing our children for life in the scientific and technological 21st century. 

The Teaching of Science

Our theme based approach allows children to learn scientific ideas in context and to apply their knowledge of science in other subjects e.g. ICT, English and mathematics. During Science lessons it is important that children develop their knowledge but also that they learn to undertake scientific enquiry using the skills of observation, sorting, fair testing, research, prediction, measurement, recording results and drawing conclusions. Learning is presented to the children in practical and relevant contexts. Critical and creative thought is promoted through science and children are helped to understand how major scientific ideas contribute to technological change.

Regular parent meetings and workshops are provided for parents to provide further information.  Alongside these, half termly curriculum overviews are sent home, to provide specific guidance and support to parents on what their children will be learning in school.


Science in Early Years

The children in Nursery and Reception begin to develop their love of science early on. Science activities are built into continuous provision learning opportunities and focused activities. Children are encouraged to be curious, ask questions and be careful observers. Children regularly investigate the properties of a wide range of materials, make observations of physical processes going on around them, begin to think about animals by hatching eggs and looking at other living things. The children also have the opportunity to work with Steven Lewis-Neill from the wild workshops to handle and name animals.

Science in Key Stage One

In KS1, children have dedicated Science lessons. They explore our world as scientists and develop the fundamental skill of observation using all five senses.

To enhance their science learning the children in Year 1 and Year 2 work with Steven Lewis-Neill from the wild workshops to investigate creatures and the amount of light and dark they prefer, whether they like wet or dry conditions and what they like to eat.

Science in Key Stage Two

In KS2, children have dedicated Science lessons. The KS2 curriculum involves children exploring a range of scientific areas through investigation and enquiry followed by time given to record, report and analyse results. They will apply literacy, numeracy and ICT skills learned within the school.

To enhance their science learning the children in Year 3 and year 4 work with Steven Lewis-Neill from the wild workshops to investigate plants and animals in our school grounds. Whilst children in Year 5 and Year 6 with Steven to look at habitats and the environmental conditions that living things require.

   Autumn 1 Autumn 2  Spring 1  Spring 2  Summer 1  Summer 2 
 Year 1  What are our senses and how do we use them? Which materials should the elves use?    What animal makes a good pet?  Which birds and plants would Brown Bear find in our school grounds?  How can I keep my ice lolly from melting?  Seasonal Changes
 Year 2   

How has John Dunlop/Charles Macintosh/John McAdam changed our lives?

Habitats  Survival - human aspects   Survival - animal aspects How can we grow our own salad or vegetables for soup?   Investigation: Electricity - How can I make a space light house?  
Year 3  Magnets - are you attractive enough?  Light - What is there was no light?  What can a rock tell me? Animals, including humans - How can Usain Bolt move so quickly?  Investigation - How did the Romans...?  Plants - How did the blossom tree become an apple?  
 Year 4  Sound - Why is the sound one direction makes enjoyed by so many?  How could we cope without electricity for one day?  Animals including humans - What happens to the food we eat?  Living things and their habitats. Which wild animals and plants thrive in your locality?  States of matter - Is the temperature the same all over the world?  States of matter - What has happened to my water?
Year 5  Living things and their habitats – Do all animals and plants start life as an egg?  Forces – Can you feel the force? Earth & space – Will we ever send another human to the moon?    Properties and changes of materials – What science processes will help you survive in the great outdoor?  Animals, including humans – In fifty years how will you be different? Properties and changes of materials – How is it possible for archaeologists to dig up Greek artefacts after all these years?  
Year 6  Electricity – Are you switched on?  Light – Why did Britain go dark? Animals, including humans – what would a journey through your body be like?   Animals, including humans – How can I thrive? Evolution and inheritance – Have we always looked like this?   Living things and habitats – Are all living things the same?  


Concept Mapping

At Broadoak ‘concept mapping’ is used to check children’s current knowledge and to allow teacher’s to build upon this, because as children move up through the school they meet science topics covered in previous years at a more advanced level.