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Children have a natural interest in the world around them.  A high quality Science education enables our children to explore and build up an understanding of that world, not only by acquiring knowledge, but also through developing the skills required for 'working scientifically'.

In our school, through Nursery and Reception, Science is taught following the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and mainly appears within the Area of Learning called Understanding the World.  In Key Stage One it is taught in accordance with the National Curriculum 2014 and 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 specific 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.

The Key Stage One Programme of Study for Years 1 and 2 covers the following strands:

  • Working Scientifically
  • Plants
  • Animals, including humans
  • Everyday Materials
  • Uses of Everyday Materials
  • Living things and their habitats

At The Cobbs Infant and Nursery School we use both our indoor and outdoor environment to support the teaching and learning of Science. We are extremely fortunate to have a rich outdoor learning environment which includes our Wild Garden, Sensory Garden and our Vegetable Garden.  Nursery and Reception also have wonderful outdoor areas to support their learning which the children can access daily throughout the year.  All these areas are regularly used to develop the children’s Science skills and knowledge of plants, animals and habitats.

We also provide many opportunities for the children to further their learning through participating in Science workshops and visits.  In Reception, the children join in with Outdoor Learning Days in our Wild Garden to learn about natural materials, plants and animals, they also participate in a trip to a farm and are visited by Zoolab to learn about their different senses.  Year 1 and Year 2 children both participate in Science workshops with the scientist, Adrian Bowden and enjoy his Travelling Science shows.  Year 1 children are visited by Zoo2U and are able to learn about reptiles and Year 2 children take part in pond dipping sessions at Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden.

Curriculum - Science

Evidence of Science

Cygnets Nursery Reception Year 1 Year 2


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