Curriculum – Science
At Cassiobury Infant and Nursery School, Science is taught using the The Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework (Nursery & Reception) and The National Curriculum for Science in Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2).
Teaching Science in the EYFS (Nursery & Reception)
The EYFS Framework sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings (3 Prime and 4 Specific areas). All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected; the areas that link to the acquisition of Science skills are within ‘Understanding the World’ – ‘The Natural World’.
- explore the natural world around them, making observations and drawing pictures of animals and plants
- know some similarities and differences between the natural world around them and contrasting environments, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class
- understand some important processes and changes in the natural world around them, including the seasons and changing states of matter
At Cassiobury Infants and Nursery School we follow the National Curriculum programme of study for Science.
The National Curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
Examples of how we are supporting our Science Curriculum
Visit to Cassiobury Park Education Hub
During our STEM Focus Week KS1 went to the Cassiobury Education Hub to take part in a science experiment. First we explored a variety of materials to see if they were buoyant. Once we had discovered which materials were buoyant, we made our own boats from these materials. We then tested our boats in the River Gade!
“I loved sailing our boat in the river!” (Tia)
“My boat didn’t sink!” (Jet)
“It was fun to paddle in the river!” (Mikael)
Visit to Watford Boys Grammar School STEM Hub
During our STEM Focus Week, Year 2 visited Watford Boys Grammar School STEM Hub. They were allowed into the science laboratory where they observed a variety of experiments which included bunsen burners and chemicals!
“It was so much fun! I loved wearing the goggles!” (Megan)
“I loved the sugar monster which came out of the glass!!” (Jai)
“The fire was cool!” (Ferdie)
Green Tree Award
The Woodland Trust works with schools across the UK, encouraging outdoor learning and helping teachers inspire their pupils about woods, trees and wildlife. Schools gain points by completing environmental activities and progressing through bronze, silver and gold levels to the prestigious platinum award.
At Cassiobury, we have achieved our Green Tree Bronze Award, Green Tree Silver Award AND Green Tree Gold Award our by completing activities such as recycling, creating natural art and taking photographs of nature from different perspectives.
We are now working towards our Green Tree Platinum Award.