Science Curriculum Intent
At Bushfield Road Infant School, we recognise that science is a core subject within the National Curriculum. We aim to deliver a broad, balanced and well-structured science curriculum that allows children to build on their prior learning in order to know more and remember more. It is our intention to offer a high-quality science education that provides children with the foundations for understanding the world around them. The teaching of science allows children to immerse themselves within the world around them, harnessing their natural curiosity and developing themselves as young scientists. We will teach the children scientific knowledge and vocabulary and encourage them to ask questions and be curious about how and why things happen. Science in our school aims to develop each child’s enquiry skills by encouraging all pupils to ask questions and to conduct their own scientific investigations.
In Year 1, children start the autumn term with Everyday Materials, linking this learning to the design and technology project Shade and Shelter. In the Human Senses project, they learn about parts of the human body and those associated with the senses. In the spring project Seasonal Changes, they learn broadly about seasonal changes linked to weather, living things and day length. They revisit some of this learning in the following summer term project Plant Parts. They finish with the project Animal Parts, linking back to their knowledge about body parts and senses and identifying commonalities.
In Year 2, children begin the autumn term with the project Human Survival, learning about the survival needs of humans, before expanding to study animals within their habitats in the project Habitats. Building on learning from Year 1, children learn about the uses of materials in the spring project Uses of Materials and begin to understand changes of materials through simple physical manipulation, such as bending and twisting. The spring Plant Survival project also explores survival, with children observing what plants need to grow and stay healthy. Finally, in the project Animal Survival, children bring together learning from the autumn term, thinking about what animals need to survive.