Developing beliefs and aspirations within a strong community.

Jesus said “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” 

Matthew 19:14

Believe, Belong, Achieve

How does Science inspire pupils and develop their aspirations? How does Science develop their individual beliefs and ideas? How does Science develop the pupils individually and as part of a community? How does Science enable the pupils to learn, understand and apply their knowledge?

Intent, Implementation and Impact

At Tolleshunt D’Arcy Primary Academy, we value Science as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum.  We believe that effective science teaching and learning is imperative to ensure our children become scientifically literate adults who are equipped to cope in a world that is ever growing and evolving through science and technology. Children should be knowledgeable about the world around them and our impact upon it in a wider sense by working scientifically and understanding the nature, processes, methods. Our children will develop their observational and investigative skills in addition to recording their findings in many ways.

Primary Science in Tolleshunt D’arcy fosters a sense of curiosity, awe and wonder to children, parents and visitors to our school.  We want our children to engage in all strands of Science, through investigation week and outside visitors. At Tolleshunt D’Arcy Primary Academy, we endeavour to challenge the stereotypes within STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), showing our children that they can have aspirations in the field of STEM regardless of background and gender.

Children are encouraged to read in science lessons through online and paper research. Maths links are made through science by drawing graphs and reading charts and tables as well as being able to develop the recording of scientific experiments. Ultimately, we want children to enjoy learning all areas of science and many topics will be covered on more than one occasion throughout their schooling, in order to embed their knowledge.

In teaching science there are a number of key skills that we will develop. The children are taught to work scientifically, which involves:

  • Developing an understanding of science through enquiry and investigation.
  • Observing, measuring and undertaking a variety of tests.
  • Developing curiosity and asking scientific questions.
  • Reading and using scientific vocabulary.
  • Testing and developing ideas.
  • Making decisions.
  • Analysing functions, and relationships and interactions.
  • Answering science questions using different types of scientific enquiry; and,
  • An enjoyment and fascination of science.
SubjectAutumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
Year 1/2 (A)Seasonal changesAll about meEveryday materialsUsing materialsPlantsAnimals incl. humans
Year 1/2 (B)Uses of everyday materialsLiving things and habitatsHabitats around the worldAnimals incl humans health and survivalAnimals incl. humans life cyclePlants
Year 3/4 (A)Animals incl. humans – food and nutritionScientific enquiryRocksForces and MagnetsPlantsLight
Year 3/4 (B)Animals incl.humans digestion and food chainsLiving things and habitatsLiving things and habitats – conservationStates of matterSoundElectricity
Year 5/6 (A)ForcesProperties of materialsChanges of materialsAnimals incl. humans – gestation and life cycleEarth and SpaceLivings things and habitats – Comparison, research, people
Year 5/6 (B)ElectricityLightAnimals incl. humans – blood and heartLivings things and habitat – classifying and micro organismsEvolution, inheritanceLooking after the environment