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 Stanwell Fields Curriculum Intent

Throughout the school, our work is based on principles which are shared by all staff. It is our belief that we should:

  • develop and value the whole child and enable them to flourish as individuals.

  • give children the opportunity to learn about the wider world and their place within it.

  • ensure children have the knowledge and skills needed to achieve during the next stage of their education and in the future.

  • give children the opportunity to enjoy learning, flourish and achieve in a peaceful, supportive environment of Christian love and care and build respectful relationships.

To read more about out aims and curriculum intent, please visit our curriculum page.

Science: Purpose of Study

A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Science: Aims

The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • 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
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future

We follow the National Curriculum for Science. The programmes of study for key stage one and two can be found below:

Science at Stanwell Fields

At Stanwell Fields, much of our science curriculum is taught through our Imaginative Learning Projects. Many of these have a science focus, for example:

  • Splendid Skies in Year 1 which looks at the seasons and weather
  • The Scented Garden which explores plants and their needs in Year 2
  • Mighty Metals in Year 3 which looks at materials and magnetism
  • Burps, Bottoms and Bile, a favourite in Year 4 which explores the human body and digestive system
  • Stargazers in Year 5 where children learn about the Earth, Sun and Moon
  • Darwin's Delights in Year 6 where children learn about evolution and inheritance 

There are many other science based ILPs too. In addition to these, we further enrich our science curriculum with Love to Investigate projects. These link to the current project and allow children to further develop scientific enquiry skills and knowledge. You can see our long term overview of Love to Investigate Projects by clicking here. There are many exciting investigations such as Whose poo? (Y1), Which stuff is stickier? (Y2), Do plants have legs? (Y3), Is custard a liquid? (Y4), Why are zip-wires so fast? (Y5) and What colour is a shadow? (Y6).

You can find out more about what science units are covered in each year group on the year group curriculum overview pages which can be found here:

Our Long Term Overview for our Love to Investigate units can be found below: