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Science

The Russell School incorporates the Science National Curriculum into our own creative curriculum. We have also been awarded The GOLD Primary Science Quality Mark of which we are very proud. It recognises our excellence in the teaching and learning of science.

In Key Stage One our children observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and phenomena. They begin to work together to collect evidence to help them answer questions and to link this to simple scientific ideas. They evaluate evidence and consider whether tests or comparisons are fair. They use reference materials to find out more about scientific ideas. They share their ideas and communicate them using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables. Key Stage One Science includes the study of:

  • Plants
  • Animals including Humans
  • Everyday Materials
  • Seasonal Changes

In Key Stage Two our children learn about a wider range of living things, materials and phenomena. They begin to make links between ideas and to explain things using simple models and theories. They apply their knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas to familiar phenomena, everyday things and their personal health.

They begin to think about the positive and negative effects of scientific and technological developments on the environment and in other contexts. They carry out more systematic investigations, working on their own and with others. They use a range of reference sources in their work. They talk about their work and its significance, and communicate ideas using a wide range of scientific language, conventional diagrams, charts and graphs. Key Stage Two Science includes the study of:

  • Living Things and their Habitats
  • Rocks
  • Forces and Magnets
  • Electricity
  • States of Matter
  • Evolution and Inheritance

Other activities

Years Four, Five and Six are involved in the school fruit and vegetable allotment. Our children’s Gardening Club tend to the allotment during lunchtimes. The club helps to support the science curriculum in areas such as Habitats, Plants and Seasonal Changes.

Throughout the year we also invite a range of specialists to talk to the children. The school has developed a strong partnership with Stem, an organisation which encourages work with science professionals in the local community. We have worked with many professionals, including a scientist from NPL, a geologist from Ikon Science in Teddington and a transport planner from a local engineering company.

Additionally, we have good links with our local secondary school, Grey Court. Pupils from Years Four, Five and Six often work with pupils in Year Seven on science experiments. Our Year Five and Six children are also supported in school by Year 12 scientists from Grey Court.   

Further information on our year group specific Science curriculum can be found in the DfE National Curriculum.