• Mr Scott Markham

    Science Lead

At Heamoor School, we strive to provide a high quality and engaging science curriculum which encourages and enables our children to explore and discover the world around them, sparking their curiosity so that they develop a deeper understanding of our world and beyond.

In order to develop this 'Science Capital', we aim to provide children with strong foundational knowledge and concepts which they will build upon as they move up through school. Children begin their scientific journey in Red Class where they begin to identify similarities and differences between objects, materials and living things as well as beginning to make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur. As children move up into Key Stage 1, they will acquire key knowledge in various topics which include animals, plants and everyday materials. Re-visiting these topics in Key Stage 2, children will build on previous knowledge, learning key facts about the parts of a plant, their function and importance to our world as well as being able to identify the key elements that plants need to be able to thrive. Children will begin to identify the nutritional needs of us as humans and will begin to explore the way the body works, focusing on key functions and processes such as the skeleton, the digestive system, teeth and circulatory system. By year 6, children will also be able to debate lifestyle choices and how the things we do impact upon our own bodies. Throughout Key Stage 2, children will also explore other exciting topics including light, sound, electricity and states of matter.

Alongside these building blocks of knowledge, children will learn and encounter key scientific vocabulary as well as becoming familiar with the five key elements of scientific enquiry; pattern seeking, observations over time, research, identifying and classifying and fair testing. Consistent modelling and exposure to these five key elements will culminate in year 6, with children being able to pose their own scientific questions, identify the enquiry which will best solve their question before planning their investigation and recording their observations.

In short, we aim to nurture a future generation of independent scientific thinkers and instil a passion for learning about the world around us that will continue to grow and enable children to think scientifically about some of the challenges we may face in the future.

Further details on how Science at Heamoor School links into our Foundation Curriculum can be found in our Provision Map (23_24).

Here is our 3i's document-it tells all our stakeholders what we want our learners to learn, how we intend to do it and how we measure the impact it all has on our super-scientists. At Heamoor we are a fully inclusive setting and we recognise that there will be additional challenges for some of our children-please take the time to see how we utilise different strategies to ensure that we are increasing everyone's science capital
Continual improvement is absolutely a fundamental expectation in our classrooms (everyday). Our subject leader action plans detail the areas of extra focus, attention and development for the current academic year.
To help the children develop key skills within Working Scientifically and to ensure they are working towards a strong understanding of the different types of enquiry, we use the guiding principles
Royal Institute of Science Show-16th November 2024
This week we were so fortunate to have a visit from super-scientist Nerys, who delivers science workshops for the Royal Institute of Science. The children were really engaged and enthusiastic during both shows during the day-but I think the highlight was the evening performance. Apparently there is now rocket damage on several ceiling tiles-don't tell Mrs Flynn...
At Heamoor School, to celebrate British Science week we decided that we need to put our super scientists in charge and use all their skills and knowledge to dazzle and astound the adults in our community. Throughout the week we developed our science capital as we got 'hands on' with a variety of exciting and interesting experiments. We learnt all about the science that underpins the activities. We then used this knowledge to host the adults and for our Science Fair. It was such a privilege to see all our learners from EYFS to Year 6 enthusiastically and expertly allowing their adults to discover the wonders of science.
Have a look at what our learners had to say about science after our recent Science Week