At Maidwell Primary School we have a two-year rolling programme of topics at Key Stage 1 and four year rolling programme of topics at Key Stage 2.
The teaching of Science is supported by Rising Stars Switched on Science.
As in other subject areas, the language of science is key and as such assessments of vocabulary using a Never Heard the Word Grid (NHTWG) is made at the outset of each unit. Time is taken learning scientific terms and a further assessment of the NHTWG is made at the end of each unit .
Time is then dedicated to working on the definition of key words and having them displayed in the classroom, enabling the children constant support in their understanding.
Key ideas are displayed around the classroom in order to further assist the children.
Biology - The Story of Edward Jenner (Health & Germs), Chemistry - The Horse of Troy (Properties of materials), Physics - Apollo 13 (Space)
To reinforce reading, fluency and comprehension skills, children regularly read information texts pertaining to the particular scientific knowledge being taught.
Cross Curriculum Writing
There are many opportunities over the course of the year for the children to practise the skills taught through the Talk for Writing process in their Science work.