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Science at Ravenswood 

At Ravenswood Primary School, we follow the National Statutory Framework for EYFS and the National Curriculum for years one - six. We teach the knowledge, skills and understanding detailed in these documents through the three disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. As children progress through the school, so does their confidence and knowledge of how to work scientifically. The main focus is that of developing scientific enquiry skills, which are taught throughout each of the contexts. This enables the children to develop their investigative skills of observing, questioning, fair testing, predicting, measuring, recording, analysing and concluding in a variety of situations.
Alongside this, through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes with an emphasis on a respect for evidence.
Emphasis is also placed on practical science work to facilitate each child’s learning, as this creates excitement for learning and encourages first-hand experience, confident and safe use of equipment and resources, co-operation, enquiring minds, the enjoyment of discovering surprising results and the development of investigative skills.
As with many of our subjects, we actively encourage a cross curricular learning environment, drawing on skills from reading, writing and mathematics to develop and enhance our children’s learning and appreciation of the subject.

Throughout the year, the school enjoys acknowledging scientific achievements, observing natural events and global issues. By creating exciting, rich and engaging learning activities that enable our children to become actively engaged in science and the world of scientific enquiry we build pupils’ curiosity in the world around them.

Through our continuing emphasis on the importance of science, both in school and around the world, our children develop a clearer understanding of how science influences and changes their lives and how it is vital to the world’s future prosperity.

In the school we follow the following milestones.

Science Mileposts

Milestone 1 (Year 1 and 2)

1.02

Be able to pose simple scientific questions

1.03

Be able to identify ways of finding ways of finding out about scientific issues

1.04

Be able, with help, to conduct simple investigations

1.05

Be able, with help, to gather information from simple text

Milestone 2 (Year 3 and 4)

2.01a

Be able to carry out simple investigations

2.01b

Be able to prepare a simple investigation which is fair, with one changing factor

2.01c

Be able to predict the outcomes of investigations

2.01d

Be able to use simple scientific equipment

2.01e

Be able to test ideas using evidence from observation and measurement

2.01f

Be able to link evidence to broader scientific knowledge and understanding

2.01g

Be able to use evidence to draw conclusions

Milestone 3 (Year 5 and 6)

3.02a

Be able to conduct scientific investigations posing scientific questions

3.02b

Be able to choose an appropriate way to investigate a scientific issue

3.02c

Be able to make systematic and accurate measurements from their observations

3.02d

Be able to explain and justify their predictions, investigations, findings and conclusions

3.02e

Be able to record and communicate their findings accurately using the most appropriate medium and the appropriate scientific vocabulary and conclusion

Science Year Plan

Some science fun at home (Click on the link to have some fun)

National Curriculum (England) Science Programmes of Study