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At Cranfield Church of England Academy, we believe that a high quality Science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the future’s prosperity. All pupils at Cranfield are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of Science. They are encouraged to understand how Science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes. Most of all, they are encouraged to develop a relentless curiosity and excitement about natural phenomena.

Aims:

The Cranfield Curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

The nature, methods and processes of Science:

‘Working scientifically’ is not taught as a separate strand at Cranfield Academy. ‘Working scientifically’ is embedded within the subject’s content whereby pupils focus on key features of scientific enquiry so that they learn a variety of approaches to answer scientific questions. These types of scientific enquiry will include:

Working scientifically at Key Stage One at Lower Key Stage Two:

‘Working scientifically’ is taught throughout each unit. We provide the children with plenty of opportunities to develop their skills in science lessons. The children will be exposed to a variety of practical activities that allow their skills to develop further.

Vocabulary Rich Environments:

Our Science curriculum aims to reflect the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum. We believe strongly that the quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are key factors in developing their scientific vocabulary and articulating their scientific thoughts clearly and precisely. We assist children in making their thinking clear, both to themselves and others, and we ensure pupils build secure scientific foundations by using discussion to probe and remedy understanding.

Overview of Science:

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Plants

Animals, Including Humans

Everyday Materials

Seasonal Changes

Light

Sound

Everyday Materials

Healthy Humans

Forces

Electricity

Amazing Animals

 

Plants

Animals & Humans

Rocks & Soils

Light and Shadows

Magnets

Living things & their habitats

States of Matter

Circuits and Conductors

Space

WORKING SCIENTIFICALLY RUNS THROUGHOUT ALL UNITS

Science at Key Stage One:

At Cranfield Church of England Academy, the principal focus of Science teaching in key stage one is to enable pupils to experience and observe phenomena, looking more closely at the natural and humanly-constructed world around them. Children will be encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice. They will be helped to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions, including observing changes over a period of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative tests, and finding things out using secondary sources of information.

Children will begin to use simple scientific language to talk about what they have found out and communicate their ideas to a range of audiences in a variety of ways. Most of the learning about Science will be done through the use of first-hand practical experiences, but there will also be some use of appropriate secondary sources, such as books, photographs and videos.

Pupils will also read and spell scientific vocabulary at a level consistent with their increasing word reading and spelling knowledge at key stage one. 

Working Scientifically at Key Stage One:

During Years One and Two, pupils will be taught to use and achieve the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the Key Stage One Science Programmes of Study. Our children will not be expected to cover each aspect for every area of study.

Science at Lower Key Stage Two:

At Cranfield Church of England Academy, the principal focus of science teaching in Lower Key Stage Two is to enable pupils to broaden their scientific view of the world around them. Our children will do this through exploring, talking about, testing and developing ideas about everyday phenomena and the relationships between living things and familiar environments, and by beginning to develop their ideas about functions, relationships and interactions.
Children will be encouraged to ask their own questions about what they observe and make some decisions about which types of scientific enquiry are likely to be the best ways of answering them, including observing changes over time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative and fair tests and finding things out using secondary sources of information. They will draw simple conclusions and use some scientific language, first, to talk about and, later, to write about what they have found out.

Pupils will also read and spell scientific vocabulary correctly and with confidence, using their growing word reading and spelling knowledge. 

Working Scientifically at Lower Key Stage Two

During Years Three and Four, pupils will be taught to use and achieve the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the Key Stage Two Science Programmes of Study. Our children will not be expected to cover each aspect for every area of study.

Useful Websites:

Please find a list of recommended websites that may be of use to assist you at home. Science at home can be fun, simple practical activities will encourage your child to think about science and their understanding will grow and grow. Have fun!