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Harwood Park Primary School

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At Harwood park our scheme of learning allows children to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world through the disciplines of science. 


In key stage 1 pupils will begin to learn how to use practical scientific methods, processes and skills by asking simple questions, performing simple tests, identifying and classifying and using these observations and ideas to answer questions. They will gather and record data to help them answer questions.

Throughout key stage 1 pupils will learn about animals, including humans, living things and their habitats, plants, everyday materials and their uses and seasonal changes. 


Children will continue to build on their knowledge of scientific methods, processes and skills in lower key stage 2 by asking relevant questions and setting up scientific enquiries, comparative and fair tests. They will begin to take measurements when making observations using a range of equipment. They will expand their methods of presenting data, identifying and classifying to answer questions. They will record their findings in various ways and use results to make conclusions and identify differences and similarities. They will begin to use scientific evidence to answer questions and support ideas. 

Throughout lower key stage 2 pupils will continue to widen their knowledge of animals including humans, plants, living things and their habitats while being introduced to light, sound, rocks, electricity, forces and magnets and states of matter. 


By the end of key stage 2 children will be confident with the practical scientific methods, processes and skills they have experienced throughout their primary education at Harwood Park. they will plan scientific enquiries to answer questions by recognising and controlling variables. They will continue to take measurements with a range of equipment, becoming accurate and precise. They will understand the variety of ways they can record data and results and use these results to make predictions, conclusions, identify relationships and explain the evidence they have collected. 

Children will look again at animals including humans, plants, living things and their habitats. They will explore the properties and changes of materials and earth and space. They will continue to learn about forces, light and electricity while beginning to develop an understanding of evolution and inheritance. 


Each year group has a half-term dedication to working scientifically in order to allow children the experiences, knowledge and understanding needed to encourage their excitement and curiosity for the world of Science.