At Altmore, Science is taught through a broad and balanced curriculum. Teachers in Key Stage 1 plan lessons using the scheme of work designed by Cornerstones in order to ensure the National Curriculum objectives are met. Our aim is to develop inquisitive scientific minds and to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Teachers carefully plan lessons that provide the children with opportunities to develop resilience as they overcome barriers and understand their own strengths and areas for development. Science at Altmore is also about developing the children’s ideas and helping them make sense of the world they live in through investigations and explorations. This will develop their curiosity of the world we live in and nurture an enthusiasm for the subject.
Our aim is that all children will:
- Be engaged and challenged
- Develop scientific skills and confidence over time
- Develop their scientific concept of the world
- Develop their scientific vocabulary
In Key Stage 1, the children have been transforming their playground into an edible one. This hands on approach will allow the children in Key Stage 1 to develop an understanding of plants. Each week they will be looking after their plants by watering them, making sure they have enough water, light and air. They will also be completing their Observational Journal where they will be making observations, predicting what they might see next week and measuring the progress of their plant.
In Year 1 the children have been focusing on where their food comes from. To help them understand where their food comes from, they are growing broad beans this term. Next term they will be planting lettuce. At the end of the academic year, they will be harvesting their vegetables.
The children in Year 2 have taken part in a project called Grow Your Own Potatoes. This hands on approach will allow the children to learn about plants, how they grow and the health benefits. As part of the project, Year 2 received two varieties of the potato, one for the national competition and then a second variety, depending on our school location.
On Tuesday 2nd March 2021, Year 2 children spent the afternoon growing their potatoes. The children watched Farmer James talk about how he planted his seed potatoes and then the children followed the same steps carefully.