At Istead Rise, science is taught weekly in every year group. Our school has worked collaboratively with other Swale Academies Trust schools to provide a rigorous scheme of work in accordance with the National Curriculum. Teachers provide all children with engaging, practical and theoretical sessions which give every child the opportunity to engage in scientific theory and gain deeper knowledge and skills at all stages. We provide children with Knowledge Organisers for each unit, to give children an overview of the whole topic. The Knowledge Organiser has clear diagrams, explanations and key terms that can be beneficial for students to refer to during lessons to support their understanding.
We use the information on the Knowledge Organiser and lessons taught to inform planning and assessment. Children complete an end of unit quiz which is stored electronically. This information supports the teacher to complete a class review sheet. The teacher can then report to parents accurately in a report at the end of the year.
During the year, we offer children the opportunity to attend STEM clubs. We offer a Lego lunchtime club and an after school STEM club which is run in a termly block. This offers children the chance to experience learning in an alternative way. With the focus being on practical and experimental based learning, our Lego and STEM club aims to excite and inspire the children to take their learning beyond the classroom, back into their homes or out to the wider school and local community.
Many units taught in Key Stage 1 are studied again in a more in depth approach as the children progress through Key Stage 2. All lessons are taught in a sequential manner in order to allow children to build upon prior learning and to further enhance their knowledge and enthusiasm for key scientific areas. The children’s progress is regularly assessed by the class teacher to ensure the children receive a thorough understanding of each unit of science throughout their time at school.
Science Units taught at Istead Rise:
Year 1: Animals including Humans, Seasons, Materials, Plants.
Year 2: Materials, Animals including Humans, Living things and their Habitats, Plants.
Key stage 2 science is planned over a two year rotation:
Rotation 1: Year 3&4: Forces, Electricity, Animals including Humans, Plants.
Year 5&6: Light, Electricity, Earth and Space, Animals including
Rotation 2: Year 3&4: Materials, States of Matter, Living Things and their
Habitats, Light, Sound.
Year 5&6: Materials, Evolution and Inheritance, Living Things
and Their Habitats, Forces.