Science Intent


Science in the EYFS classes is taught as an integral part of the topic work covered during the year (Understanding the World in EYFS). Some children in EYFS will have science opportunities through a wide variety of sensory play.  Children will be supported in developing the knowledge, skills and understanding through play and exploration. Their learning will be developed through offering opportunities for them to use a range of tools safely; encounter creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments and in real-life situations and work with a range of materials.  Their access to these resources is aided through adult modelling, Makaton and use of widget symbols.

Science in KS1 and 2 is taught through topics in a way that engages and excites the children.

In KS1 classes, teaching through topics allows the children to be able to understand the science in a practical and ‘real world way’.  It allows the children to make links between science and learning in other areas of the curriculum.   Their learning is supported by offering opportunities for the children to use a range of scientific equipment; encountering plants and animals in their natural environments; the carrying out of investigations and through questioning.  All children will use the same widget symbols to support their learning and with Makaton where appropriate.

The KS2 classes will engage with science in a more formal way, with some focus on recording and working in a scientific way.  Whilst, adhering to the National Curriculum, links will be made with topics as often as possible, so children have a real-life context for their science.  Opportunities will be given for children to learn through practical investigations and record their results in a variety of ways.