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Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.
-Edwin Powell Hubble

Science provides the foundations for understanding the world.

Children should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. They should be encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice. They should be helped to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions including observing changes over time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative tests, and finding things out using secondary sources of information.

The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he's one who asks the right questions.
-Claude Levi-Strauss

Children in Year 1 and 2 should learn to:

  • ask simple questions and recognise that they can be answered in different ways

  • observe closely using simple equipment

  • perform simple tests

  • identify and classify

  • use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions

  • gather and record data to help in answering questions

  • record and communicate their findings in a range of ways and begin to use scientific language


(The National Curriculum in England - September 2013)

Science in our school

Quotes from children:

"Did you know we have 206 bones in our bodies?"

"Starfish have 2 tummies"

"I found out that frogs legs grow at different times, not all at the same time."

"I want to find how leaves grow because we can't see it happen."

The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.
-William Lawrence Bragg

Long Term Environmental Study

Children will use the local environment throughout the year to explore and answer questions about animals and plants growing in their habitats.

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