At Damers, we believe that children learn best in science through doing and talking, so we try to make it as practical as possible and give the children lots of opportunities to explore, investigate and discuss. Each year group plans a series of fun investigations linked to their science topics for the year. In addition, we link science where possible to other curriculum topics. Last year, we had a fantastic week getting involved in Tim Peake’s mission into space and ‘visiting space’ when the Space Dome came into school. This year, during the Spring term, the whole school will be learning about the Jurassic Coast, with a visit to the famous Dippy the Dinosaur in Dorchester Museum. We also look forward to termly Science Investigation Days, which give children the opportunity to get really stuck in to some lovely messy science! The whole school buzzes with excitement! Building on the importance of practical work and discussion in science, we assess science attainment and progress by observation and questioning.

Key Stage 1

The principal focus of science teaching in key stage 1 is to enable pupils to experience and observe phenomena, looking more closely at the natural and humanly constructed world around them. They should be encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice. They should 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. They should 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 should be done through the use of first hand practical experiences, but there should also be some use of appropriate secondary sources, such as books, photographs and videos.

Key Stage 2

The principal focus of science teaching in lower key stage 2 is to enable pupils to broaden their scientific view of the world around them. They should 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. They should 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 should draw simple conclusions and use some scientific language, first, to talk about and, later, to write about what they have found out.

Throughout Damers, and especially as they develop in KS2, children are encouraged to work and think scientifically, developing the necessary attitudes for science later in their school lives and beyond.

Children learn to read and spell scientific vocabulary and use it with confidence.

The topics covered in each year group are as follows:

Year 1

  • Plants – basic identification and structure
  • Animals, including humans – identification and classification of common animals
  • Everyday materials
  • Seasonal changes

Year 2

  • All living things
  • Plants their needs and conditions for growth
  • Animals including humans – their basic needs, the importance of exercise, diet and hygiene
  • Habitats
  • Uses of everyday materials

 Year 3

  • Plants – flowering plants, lifecycle and requirements
  • Animals including humans – nutrition, bones and muscles
  • Rocks
  • Light
  • Forces and magnets

Year 4

  • All living things
  • Animals, including humans – teeth, the digestive system and food chains
  • Evolution and inheritance
  • States of matter
  • Sound
  • Electricity

Where possible, science topics are linked to wider curriculum topics to enable children to link learning in science to, for example, maths, literacy, geography or art.