Dane Royd scientists;
hypothesise, experiment, interpret
Welcome to our Science page!
I am Mrs Ward and I am the Science Leader in school.
I absolutely love watching our children acquire their skills and abilities in Science through open-ended experiments and investigations; making connections, analysing and evaluating, whilst taking part in authentic experiences!
Intent - Why is Science important for our children?
At Dane Royd, we carefully plan a progressive science curriculum that provides the fundamental (with the emphasis on fun) understanding of the physical and natural world around us, through the teaching of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
At Dane Royd, we understand that our science curriculum is integral to every child’s successful educational journey. Science transcends every lesson; from English, Maths, History and Geography to Art, Computing, PE and Music. Science lessons contain personal, social and economic relevance to all children:
In their personal lives, for example, so they can make informed choices about what constitutes a healthy life-style,
In their civic lives, for example, so they can contribute to societal decisions on issues like renewable energy and climate change; and
In their economic lives, for example, so they can respond positively to changes in future employment opportunities.
Our children are curious about the ever-changing world around them and want to learn about how they can have a positive impact. We believe that by having a secure foundation in scientific principles our children will leave us ready to take on the world.
Implement - What will our children learn?
We deliver a two year rolling programme that ensures our children continually connect their prior knowledge to more complex scientific concepts and topics. Through engaging lessons, involving exploration and discovery, we aim to increase our children’s curiosity as scientists and develop their skills in working scientifically.
Our children learn to closely observe and record over a period of time, ask challenging questions, create and test their own hypotheses and draw conclusions from meaningful, inquiry based experiences both in and out of the classroom. Our poly-tunnel and pond are extremely popular all year round.
In addition to this, throughout the school year our children take part in national events such as British Science Week, STEM days and enriching school visits that all help to deepen our pupil’s scientific understanding and bring to life otherwise out-of-this-world experiences. We also have a group of nominated ECO Warrior representatives from each year group who meet regularly to discuss environmental issues affecting our school.
Our Science Curriculum Overview
Cycle 1: (2022-2023)
Cycle 2: (2023-2024)
Impact - How will it help our children?
At Dane Royd, our science curriculum ensures our children leave us ‘future ready’, whatever that looks like, with the scientific skills and knowledge to become compassionate, resilient, critical-thinking, global citizens.
Our children know that science is vital not only to their educational future but also longer term.
What do our children like about Science?
"I loved the Autumn hunt – it was cool!"
Oscar - UFS
"I love being practical and experimenting with different things."
Jacob - Year 6
“I liked learning about the five senses and our bodies.”
Samuel - Year 1
"I love investigating different things and being surprised by the results."
Laura - Year 4
"Creating circuits has been fantastic this half-term. I've learnt lots!"
Izzy - Year 6