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 Science

At DES we are committed to providing pupils with manyKey Stage 2 - Science opportunities to develop their STEM thinking and the science curriculum is an integral component towards achieving this. In order to make the scientific concepts more accessible for children, a thematic approach to the curriculum has been adopted where all non-core subjects are taught through topic based learning.

At Lower Key Stage 2 the focus is to help pupils broaden their scientific view of the world around them. This is achieved by creating opportunities for pupils to explore and test the relationships between living things and their environments.  Pupils are encouraged to ask their own questions and determine which type of scientific enquiry would enable them to propose answers. This approach supports our 21CC framework and the development of critical thinking across the curriculum.

In Years 5 and 6 pupils develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas. They are encouraged to analyse the functions, relationships and interactions between living things, in a more systematic manner. By the end of the Key Stage, pupils should be able to select the most appropriate way to answer questions, observe changes over time and carry out fair tests.

Every opportunity to develop the 21st Century Competencies is utilisied by the teachers and the NXplorer toolkit is vital to developing a sense of enquiry in our pupils.

The breakdown of national curriculum topics across the Key Stage is as follows and the topics are all underpinned by an approach to working scientifically:

Year 3

·        Plants

·        Animals, including humans

·        Rocks

·        Light

·        Forces and Magnets

Year 4

·        Living things and their habitats

·        Animals, including humans

·        States of Matter

·        Sound

·        Electricity

Year 5

·        All living things and their habitats

·        Animals, including humans

·        Properties and changes of materials

·        Earth and space

·        Forces

Year 6

·        Living things and their habitats

·        Animals, including humans

·        Evolution and inheritance

·        Light

·        Electricity