Science at Whitestone Infant School stimulates children’s curiosity and phenomena about the world around them, their environment and events in the world, covering the basic foundations of biology, chemistry and physics. It teaches children to investigate and explore though methods of enquiry, and heightens their observation, and communication skills through first-hand experiences and secondary sources such as ICT and books.
Science in Reception is all about exploring and making sense of the world. It is covered through the Early Learning Goal called 'Understanding of the World'.
At the end of the year, the children will be expected to explore the natural world around them, make observations and draw pictures of animals and plants. The children will know some similarities and differences between the natural world around them and contrasting environments, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class. The children will be able to understand some important processes and changes in the natural world around them, including the seasons and changing states of matter.
In Key stage 1, Science is covered through the Science National Curriculum. It is divided into 2 sections; Working scientifically and the 3 main areas which are biology, chemistry and physics. In Year 1 and Year 2, the children will be taught to use these scientific methods, skills and process through:
• Asking simple questions
• Observing closely, using simple equipment
• Performing simple tests
• Identifying and classifying
• Using their observation and ideas to suggest answers to questions
• Gathering and recording data to help in answering questions (year 2)
In Year 1 we learn about:
• Animals, including humans
• Everyday materials
• Seasonal changes
In Year 2 we learn about:
-All living things
-Animals, including humans
-Uses of everyday materials