What is the intent of Science?
At Cranfield Church of England Academy, our Science curriculum aims to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena and an understanding of how the scientific community contributes to our past, present and future. We want pupils to develop a complex knowledge of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, but also adopt a broad range of skills in working scientifically and beyond. The scheme of work is inclusive and meaningful, so all pupils may experience the joy of science and make associations between their science learning and their lives outside the classroom. Studying science allows children to appreciate how new knowledge and skills can be fundamental to solving arising global challenges. Our curriculum aims to encourage critical thinking and empower pupils to question the hows and whys of the world around them. The Kapow scheme encourages:
- A strong focus on developing knowledge alongside scientific skills across Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
- Curiosity and excitement about familiar and unknown observations.
- Challenging misconceptions and demystifying truths.
- Continuous progression by building on practical and investigative skills across all units.
- Critical thinking, with the ability to ask perceptive questions and explain and analyse evidence.
- Development of scientific literacy using wide-ranging, specialist vocabulary.
How can I support my child's Science?
We promote and encourage parents to make use of the below websites:
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z6svr82 - A fantastic website that covers all units of work, very animated and engaging for Key Stage 1 pupils.
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z2pfb9q - A fantastic website that covers all units of work, very animated and engaging for Key Stage 2 pupils.
- http://www.abpischools.org.uk/page/active_science.cfm - A range of interactive activities for the young scientists for 5-11.
- http://www.planet-science.com - Great resources to help Key Stage 2 pupils become scientific at home.
- http://www.ngfl-cymru.org.uk/vtc-home/vtc-ks1-home.htm - Go into resources/key stage/ science lesson plans and hands on games and activities (All subject areas covered on this website.
- https://bpes.bp.com/usc-primary – Cool creations more suited to Key Stage 2.
http://www.channel4learning.com/apps26/learning/microsites/E/essentials/science/index.shtml - Science Essentials from 4 Learning has information, clip art and worksheets for Key Stage 2 science.
- http://resources.hwb.wales.gov.uk/VTC/push_pull/eng/Introduction/default.htm - Forces for Key Stage 2.
- http://powerup.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/under-11.aspx - Electricity for Key Stage 2.
- http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/educators/teaching_resources.aspx - National science museum in London.
- https://explorify.wellcome.ac.uk/en/activities - Easy to register, just type in your email address. Short anytime activities to develop critical thinking skills.
- https://www.science-sparks.com/ - fun, inspiring and creative Science experiments for all ages!
https://wowscience.co.uk/ - A great website covering all the best primary science activities for all aspects of the Science curriculum.
https://downloads.bbc.co.uk/tv/guides/bbc_stargazing_live_activity_pack.pd - For those interested in Earth and Space, click on the link below to download a Stargazing Live activity pack from the BBC.
https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/missions/galileo/overview/ - Solar system exploration.
https://airandspace.si.edu/ - Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum:
https://www.discoverymindblown.com/ - Be inspired to ask big questions about the world around us.
https://climatekids.nasa.gov/ - Learn all about climate change.
https://kids.frontiersin.org/ - Science for kids, edited by kids – an open-access scientific journal written by scientists and reviewed by a board of kids:
https://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/kids/ - Learn all about earthquakes,
https://web.extension.illinois.edu/firstgarden/index.cfm - Are you interested in gardening? My First Garden is a fantastic website that helps students plan out what they want to plant and gives them the history and needed growing conditions for the plants they select. Cultivating young learners is what this site is all about.