THE KOINONIA FEDERATION’S VISION FOR SCIENCE IS TO IGNITE PUPILS' CURIOSITY AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO CONFIDENTLY EXPLORE AND DISCOVER THE WORLD AROUND THEM, SO THAT THEY DEVELOP A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORLD WE LIVE IN.
Through our practical and enjoyable curriculum we aim to inspire and excite our children and foster a thirst for knowledge.
Through science, pupils understand how major scientific ideas contribute to technological change - impacting on industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life.
In science, children are encouraged to observe, ask questions, test ideas, make deductions and predictions. As well as working within the classroom, science lessons provide a great opportunity to explore our local environment and work outdoors.
In Reception, children learn through Understanding the World. We encourage the children to explore the world around them and talk about the things they notice. Forest School sessions give our children regular opportunities to explore different aspects of the natural environment.
In Years 1 to 6, we teach science skills to ensure that children develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Children 'work scientifically' by observing over time; seeking patterns; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing; carrying out controlled investigations and researching using secondary sources.
We aim in teaching to ensure children:
- Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future
- Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
- To develop a respect for all living things and the environments in which they reside
- To promote the learning of scientific skills, understanding and key vocabulary through the use of problem solving
- To observe, communicate and record information in a variety of ways including through ICT
For more information, please refer to the Federation Primary Science Policy.
SCIENCE ANNUAL OVERVIEW & TOPIC SUMMARY
Within our primary phase we have set the National Curriculum programme of study topics taught over Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 into an annual overview. We teach science in the EYFS through our learning themes as set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Science makes a significant contribution to developing a child’s knowledge and understanding of the world, an element that forms the EYFS end of phase profile.
For a more detailed summary of each year groups science topics please click here:
Websites with online science games and activities:
For a wide range of science book suggestions for children
Within the Koinonia Federation, we firmly believe that parents and carers have a vital role to play in helping their children learn about science. The school holds annual science competitions and events open to pupils and parents and seeks to promote the love of science.
- Science Day & National Science and Engineering Week – Whole-school events relating to scientific enquiry, historic breakthroughs and discovering more about world famous scientific minds
- The Big Experiment – our annual primary federation science project
- Science Clubs – Coming to each Primary Campus; helping to bring science alive!
- Parent Workshops – Sharing more about the way we teach science in schools, plus some practical ideas to test and try out at home! - look out for more information on the campus newsletter
- Sharing your STEM workplace knowledge with our pupils to explore science’s real-world applications.
PLACES TO VISIT
One of the best things about living in the nation’s capital is all of the incredible opportunities on our doorstep. Below are just a few places across London that you can visit to help science come alive for the whole family:
- The Science Museum
- The Royal Observatory Greenwich
- Bletchley Park
- Michael Faraday Museum
- The Victoria & Albert Museum
- Florence Nightingale Museum
- Wellcome Collection
- The National Maritime Museum
- The Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park
- Kew Gardens
- London Wetlands Centre
- London Aquarium
STEM CLUBS NEAR YOU
There are also a number of local science and engineering-based clubs if your child would like to get involved outside of school:
SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS YOU CAN DO AT HOME
Why not try to bring science home by trying some ideas using household items. Click on the link for 50 experiment ideas for all the family.
THE BEST SCIENCE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
Encourage their reading skills through exploring a topic they love! Below are just a few books that are great reads for children interested in science and the way the world works:
- Dear Greenpeace by Simon James
- A First book of Nature by Nicola Davies
- Goodnight Spaceman by Michelle Robinson
- Professor Astrocat’s Atomic Adventure by Dominic Walliman and Ben Newman’s
- Utterly Amazing Human Body by Robert Winston’s
- Jake’s Bones by Jake McGowan-Lowe
- Beetle Boy by MG Leonard
- Star Stuff by Stephanie Sisson
- The Frank Einstein Series by Jon Scieszka
- The ABC Book of Rockets, Planets and Outer Space by Helen Martin, Judith Simpson & Cheryl Orsini