At Illogan School, we intend to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that supports each child to Aspire, Believe, Create and (of course) Dazzle! The teaching and learning of science is an integral part of this. It is key that children learn to ask questions about the world around them. We intend to inspire children to become biologists, physicists and chemists. Furthermore, we intend to provide children with the scientific knowledge that will develop their curiosity and encourage them to continue to seek out answers as they move through their education career.

The aims of our science teaching:

  • To have time in sessions dedicated to understanding specific, scientific vocabulary.
  • To experiment and to observe scientific phenomena. (Ice melting for example.)
  • To record findings, utilise, and embed learning from writing, reading and maths lessons.
  • To have “hands on” experiences both in and outside the classroom.
  • To develop an understanding of the world around them.

We aim to achieve this through providing consistently good teaching that incorporates the most up to date resources, ideas and methods, rich questioning and use of our discussion guidelines to support lively and purposeful discussion.

How is science taught at Illogan?

At Illogan, we follow the National Curriculum guidelines for science. Where science is a compulsory subject in Key Stage 1 and 2, with Statutory Programmes of Study. We encourage teachers to link learning in science to the wider theme of the current term if such a link can be made.

This is broken down into units of teaching that are revisited at increasing levels of depth as children move through KS1 and KS2. These units are:

  • Animals including humans
  • Earth and Space
  • Electricity, light and sound
  • Forces
  • Living things
  • Materials
  • Plants

Within each unit, each year group has a set of small-steps, which form the sessions that will be taught in class. Please see small steps documents for year 2 and year 6 as an example of progression within the unit “Animals including humans.” Available below:

We also employ the aspect of “Working Scientifically” from the National Curriculum. This encompasses a key group of skills which children must develop in order to support their learning in science. These core skills are:

  • Questioning
  • Predicting
  • Concluding
  • Observing
  • Identifying and classifying
  • Measuring
  • Testing
  • Recording

These skills can be grouped into two groups.

  • Functional skills: observing, identifying and classifying, measuring, testing and recording.
  • Reasoning and thinking skills: questioning, predicting and concluding.

Photo Gallery:

Year 2 working hard to classify objects/animals as living, dead or never alive. They are using the discussion guidelines and stem sentences to scaffold their discussion.
Year 2 using ICT to help them learn how animals are suited to the habitats they live in.
Year 2 sorting and classifying objects based on what material they are made of.
Examples of work. From left to right, top to bottom: Sorting materials, knowledge check (in class assessment), data handling/embedding maths skills and extended writing (embedding writing skills.)

Our science policy can be found below:

Some useful websites and resources:

We encourage our learners to extend their learning at home by using online resources!