Science

"The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them."

-William Lawrence Bragg


At Oughtrington we aim to harness the natural curiosity of children. Following on from Early Years Foundation Stage, children are introduced to the skills and processes of science, including observations, experiments and predictions. We acknowledge the importance of science in everyday life, including its relevance to personal health and safety.

 

We are fortunate at Oughtrington to have a wealth of opportunities for learning in our local environment. These have been supplemented by the development of the school grounds with a nature trail, field area, pond and allotments. The children have wonderful first hand opportunities to study the environment.

 

In Key Stage 1 we encourage the children to look more closely at the world around them, to become more curious and begin to ask questions. In Key Stage 2 we continue to develop scientific thinking and scientific working.
Children learn about physical processes, life and living processes and materials and their properties across both key stages.

 

 

 

Year Group Autumn Spring Summer
Year 1 Materials Animals

 

Plants

 

Year 2

Uses of everyday

materials

Plants

 

Living things

and their habitats

Animals including humans

 

Seasonal Changes

 

Year 3

Light

Humans and animals

 

Plants

 

Forces and magnets

Year 4

Sound

 

Electricity

States of matter

Animals and humans

 

Habitats

Year 5

Space

 

Forces

Changes in materials

 

Animals including humans

Life cycles of amphibians and mammals

 

Life cycle of plants

Year 6

Light

 

Electricity

Classifying animals

 

Microbes

 

Habitats

Evolution

 

Humans and animals

Working scientifically runs through all of the topics that each year group covers.