At Brunton First School we are very proud of our science curriculum which is based upon all children leaving us with a secure foundation of scientific knowledge and practical skills. This understanding will help to ensure all children have the ability to be successful in any potential future learning and employment in the ever-changing scientific field.

As a school, the staff work hard to provide the children with a variety of activities that involve lots of scientific experiences. The children are encouraged to think and investigate in a number of ways both with the support of the adults and independently to develop their knowledge.

In 2017, as a school, we achieved a PSQM Silver Award which reflected the staff’s ability to use children’s questions as a framework for learning. It also highlighted the excellent opportunities pupils are given to explore scientific concepts and ideas. The award has helped give our school a platform to further develop our curriculum for our pupils. It also helped to formulate the principles for science teaching here at Brunton First School.

These principles are:

  1. Children should have hands on learning opportunities in lessons.
  2. Lessons to engage all pupils, so they are enthusiastic about their learning.
  3. Children encouraged to ask and answer their own questions about their topic.
  4. Lessons give scope to continue to develop new skills and understanding about the world around them

Through these principles pupils will continue to deepen their respect, care and appreciation for the natural world and all of its phenomena.

The main areas of investigation in KS1 are:

  • Living things and their habitats
  • Animals, including humans
  • Plants
  • Materials
  • Seasonal changes

The main areas of investigation in KS2 are:

  • Animals, including humans
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Plants
  • Rocks
  • Light
  • Forces and magnets
  • States of matter
  • Sound
  • Electricity

KS1 Science – BBC Bitesize
KS2 Science – BBC Bitesize