Science

Science

At Westfield we want children to acquire a systematic, scientific approach to learning, developing useful knowledge, skills and attitudes about the world in which we live.

The objectives of teaching science are to enable children to:

  • Ask and answer scientific questions
  • Actively explore the environment
  • Plan and carry out scientific investigations, using equipment (including computers) correctly and safely
  • Evaluate evidence, and present their conclusions clearly and accurately
  • Know and understand the life processes of living things
  • Know and understand the physical processes of materials, electricity, light, sound, and natural forces
  • Know about the nature of the solar system, including the earth.

Events and Visits

Each class plans a trip or wow to complement the learning of their science topics.

Year R develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the world in a variety of ways but the main topics they study are: changes from babies to adults, seasonal changes, floating and sinking, minibeasts, pushes and pulls and finally Space. In the Early years due to the nature of the learning most of the children’s work is immersing them in the wonders of the world so often lessons are planned around the weather and current events where suitable.

Year 1 have the paramedics visit to support their learning on Animals including humans and their trip to Michelham Priory enhances their work on plants.

Year 2 visit the Sealife centre to reinforce and help bring to life their work on habitats. In term 4, they undertake two trips one to High Woods Forest School and one to Tesco’s to develop their scientific understanding of plants and animals including humans with a focus on healthy eating.

Year 3 become Egg Heads in term 3, when their explore the scientific wonders of teeth and nutrition and their topic The Secret Garden is enriched  by their trip to Paradise Park in term 6.

Year 4 immerse themselves in the wonders of Africa in terms 3 and 4 to support their learning on animals and living things. ‘What’s in my Backyard’ is their term 5 and 6 topics and they discover the delights of the scientific thinking around variation and classification.

Year 5 go out of this world with their Space topic, and a visit from the astrodome increases the awe of wonder of this fascinating subject.

Year 6 study fossils in terms 1 and 2 with the topic title, Jurassic park, which the children love! They explore how things have changed over time, looking at evolution and inheritance, a visit from a local expert enhances this topic. In term 6, they go to Firle Farm to support their science learning, with a focus on farming and the local area.

Science Curriculum Map