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At Cononley Primary School, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. As one of the core subjects taught in Primary Schools, we give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires. We encourage our pupils’ natural curiosity of the world and teach the knowledge and enquiry skills to develop their understanding of the world.

To read our full curriculum statement, please click the link below. 

What our pupils will learn (intent)

At Cononley Primary School, we use the North Yorkshire Scheme of Work for Science to deliver the National Curriculum for Science throughout Key Stage 1 and 2. The scheme of work is well-sequenced, practical, creative and engaging. The Scheme of Work incorporates planned opportunities to carry out the different types of scientific investigation required by the National Curriculum programmes of study. 

What our pupils will learn in Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS):

The EYFS Curriculum for Understanding the World is taught in variety of ways through adult-led and adult-supported tasks and child-initiated learning in well-resourced provision areas, both indoors and outdoors. The themes are linked to the Scheme of Work for Key Stage 1 to ensure progression as pupils move from EYFS to Key Stage 1.  Please refer to the the EYFS Curriculum for further details. 

What our pupils will learn in Key Stage 1:

In Key Stage 1, the Scheme of Work provides planning for additional Science topics beyond the requirement of the National Curriculum for Science at Key Stage 1. At Cononley Primary School, we have chosen to teach the additional topics to provide a foundation for the work which will take place in Key Stage 2. A rolling programme ensures that the Science topics are taught to all pupils during the Key Stage, taking into account the mixed-age structure of our classes

Year A   

2021-2022

Science Topics Key Stage 1  
Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2

Year B

2020-2021    

Science Topics Key Stage 1
Autumn 1 Seasons &
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2

What our pupils will learn in Key Stage 2:

In Key Stage 2, a rolling programme ensures that the Science topics are taught to all pupils during the Key Stage, taking into account the mixed-age structure of our classes. The curriculum has also suggestions for famous scientists who can be studied in conjunction with each topic.

Year A

2021-2022

Science Topics Key Stage 2
Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2

Year B 

2020-2021

Science Topics Year B Key Stage 2
Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1  
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2

How the Science Curriculum will be taught to our pupils (implementation):

In Key Stage 1, Science topics are taught in a block of lessons during a period of approximately two or three weeks each half term. In Key Stage 2, Science lessons take place weekly. 

Progress and Assessment in Science

EYFS

Regular observations and assessments of learning are recorded using an on-line journal (Tapestry) and contribute to a summative assessment at the end of EYFS using the Early Years Outcomes for Understanding the World

Key Stage 1

Work is recorded in a class Science Big Book and the book is used to revisit knowledge at regular intervals through the year to ensure children remember what they have learned. The information from teacher’s assessments contributes to an end of year summative assessment.

Key Stage 2

We carry out 'sticky knowledge' checks  every half term in line with research which shows that retrieval checks of knowledge at regular, spaced intervals (ideally at 2, 6 and 12 weeks after completing a topic) enable knowledge to be transferred to long-term memory. Progress is measured by children knowing and remembering more.

Impact:

The impact of the curriculum will be reported at the end of the year. Evidence which will contribute to impact of Science includes results of assessments and sticky knowledge checks, pupil voice, lesson observations and and work scrutiny.