Children experience ‘science’ every moment of every day. They see the sun move through the sky, they bring light to a room by flicking a switch, they tumble to the ground when they fall. At Bude Primary Academy, we aim to support children in questioning the wonderful world around us. We teach science to inspire and harness curiosity, providing explanations and vocabulary that help connect the dots. Teaching science allows for those "Oooooh!!!" moments when something suddenly makes sense. We offer opportunities for children to engage in new experiences as well as noticing and exploring the familiar, encouraging all to question, "why?" 

We use the "Starting with Me" continuum, which begins with hands-on, first-hand experiences for very young children. This approach ensures that science learning is meaningful and relatable from the outset. As children progress, their experiences and understanding broaden, enabling them to leave Key Stage 1 with a secure understanding of key scientific concepts 

During their time at Bude Primary Academy Infant school, our children will: 

  • Ask simple questions and recognize 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. 

  • Identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees. 

  • Identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees. 

  • Describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, including pets). 

  • Identify, name, draw, and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense. 

  • Distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made. 

  • Identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock. 

  • Describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials. 

  • Compare and group together a variety of everyday materials based on their simple physical properties. 

  • Observe changes across the four seasons. 

  • Observe and describe weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies. 

By the time children leave Key Stage 1, they will have developed a solid foundation in scientific enquiry and a deep understanding of fundamental scientific concepts. 

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