A range of science topics are taught in every year group, linked where appropriate to the class topic theme. Scientific enquiry skills are embedded in each topic and these are revisited and developed throughout the children’s time at St Richard’s. Topics such as Plants or Materials, for example, are taught in Key Stage One and studied again in further detail throughout Key Stage Two. This model allows children to build upon their prior knowledge and increases their enthusiasm for the topics, providing progression in skills and knowledge, and developing mastery.
All children are encouraged to develop and use a range of skills including observations, planning and investigations, as well as being encouraged to question the world around them and become independent learners in exploring possible answers for their science-based questions. Specialist vocabulary for topics is taught and built up, and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged.