Science

The Axminster Primary Academy Science Curriculum showing what is taught, and when. We follow the National Curriculum for science, which was revised in September 2014. Our aim is 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 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.

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We will enable pupils to carry out scientific enquiries and work scientifically. They will be given regular opportunities to:

  • observe over time
  • look for patterns in their observations and results
  • identify, classify and group
  • carry out controlled investigations using comparisons and fair testing methodology
  • research using secondary sources
  • present their findings clearly, precisely and coherently, using scientific vocabulary.

Our overview curriculum map outlines the different topic areas pupils study at different points in their time at our school. Please note that some major topic areas, such as Animals, including Humans, are revisited due to extensive content and the intention to secure progression in pupils knowledge and understanding.035

Key Stage 1 pupils will:

  • explore the world around them
  • carry out scientific enquiries
  • learn how to answer scientific questions
  • compare objects, materials and living things
  • sort and group objects, materials and living things
  • notice patterns and relationships by observing changes over time
  • use simple measurements and equipment to gather data
  • carry out simple tests and record simple data.

Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4) pupils will:

  • ask relevant questions and use different types of scientific enquiry to answer them
  • make systematic and careful observations, using a range of equipment
  • gather, record, classify and present data to help answer questions
  • record findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts and tables
  • report on findings from enquiries
  • use results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions
  • identify differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes
  • use scientific evidence to answer questions.

Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6) pupils will:

  • plan different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, recognising and controlling variables where necessary
  • take measurements with a wide range of scientific equipment with increasing accuracy and precision
  • record data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs
  • use test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests
  • report and present findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanation of an degree of trust in results
  • identify scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments.
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Principles for the teaching and learning of science

Practical and hands-on: Science teaching and learning uses practical hands-on resources.

Range of enquiry: Children develop a full range of enquiry skills. Teachers are confident teaching enquiry and understand progression.

Subject knowledge: Teachers show an interest in science. Concepts and knowledge are firmly secured for both children and teachers. Common pupil misconceptions are known.

Exciting: Teachers are creative and imaginative in their approach to teaching science. Children are excited about their learning in science.

Real life: Science provision relates to real life contexts and experiences. This includes working in an outdoor environment and trips.

Questions: Children are encouraged to be curious and pose questions. They have the opportunity to answer their own questions through practical enquiry.

Language: Children have a secure understanding of key vocabulary and use it with precision and confidence.

Curriculum links: links are made across the curriculum to enhance and promote scientific understanding.

Progress: All children make progress in their scientific knowledge and skills. Good use is made of assessment to inform further teaching.

Famous Scientists: Children are aware of famous scientists, their fields of work and their impact on society.

Future: Children see themselves as scientists; they are aware of the role of science in daily life and are aware that science offers opportunities for future jobs

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Greek Workshop

19 Nov 2019

Year 6 enjoyed a fun-filled day of Ancient Greeks led by Martin. They learnt about the history and difference between Athens and Sparta including how Athens was a democracy and Sparta was an oli...

Cello lessons

11 Nov 2019

Every Thursday morning our Year 6 class are joining Miss Ashby at the Axe Valley Academy for cello lessons.

Maths masterclass

11 Nov 2019

On Thursday 7th November, the second of this year's RI Maths Masterclasses was held at Mrs Ethelston's Primary Academy.  During the afternoon, Year 6 children from across the Multi Academy Trust...

Canoeing fun

10 Jul 2019

On Thursday 27th and Friday 28th June, some of our Year 6 children experienced a canoeing taster day organised by the Axe Vale Canoe Club in Axmouth. They enjoyed paddling up the river beyond Axmouth,...

Royal Maths Institute afternoon

05 Apr 2019

RI Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science Masterclasses are hands-on and interactive extracurricular sessions led by top experts from academia and industry for keen a...

Fabulous Friction!

05 Apr 2019

Colyton Grammar School Science Department came and did a workshop called 'Fabulous Friction!'. Since then, Year 5 have worked hard on their own projects and we now have two entries for the science fai...

World War One Workshop

05 Apr 2019

A World War One soldier visited for Year 5 and 6 to show them what it was like to live during this time.

Magdalen Farm Forest School

11 Dec 2018

Forest School – a day at Magdalen Farm! On Thursday 6th December, Miss Mayes and Mrs Kew had the pleasure of taking six children to Magdalen Farm for a Forest School day.  The purpose of th...

Acorn MAT supports local fallen hero's

15 Nov 2018

Chidren from Axminster Academy, Mrs E's and Chardstock all came together to lay tributes to the 68 men, from the parish of Axminster, who died in WW1. A wonderful service included readign fromthe chil...

Acorn MAT supports local fallen hero's

15 Nov 2018

Chidren from Axminster Academy, Mrs E's and Chardstock all came together to lay tributes to the 68 men, from the parish of Axminster, who died in WW1. A wonderful service included readign fromthe chil...

New lease of life for play area in North Street, Axminster

27 Jun 2018

Axminster Community Primary Academy and Little Acorns @ Axminster are so proud to support this wonderful project. The children really felt a strong desire to improve the local community and I am immen...

Canoeing

08 Jun 2018

14 children from Year 5 and 6 went canoeing on Wednesday 6th June to the Axe Vale Canoe Club in Axmouth. Everyone really enjoyed the day paddling up the estuary and River Axe beyond Axmouth and p...

New arrivals

13 Mar 2018

We have some new arrivals and Beech class are taking full advantage to use them as a model for descriptive sentences! 

World Book Day

09 Mar 2018

On Friday 9th March, the children (and staff) all came into school dressed as a character from their favourite book.  The costumes were amazing!  Thank you to all parents and carers who help...

Early Years Activities

26 Feb 2018

The children in our Early Years Centre have been very busy recently.  They have been talking about their pets and the children and some of our teachers have brought in photos of their animals for...

Maple & Spruce classes

05 Feb 2018

Maple and Spruce class Pupils in Year 3 and 4 have been busy working on their latest topic – Extreme Animals.  The children have discovered a multitude of fascinating facts about animals &...

@Bristol

18 Jul 2017

On Monday 26th June, Spruce and Rowan classes went to @Bristol Science Museum to support their learning of the science curriculum.  They had a fabulous day and were able to learn more about frict...

Sports Day

18 Jul 2017

Today Axminster Community Primary Academy held its annual Sports Day.  Thankfully the recent heatwave was over and we were able to hold the event as scheduled.  Our children excelled in the...

Axe Vale Festival

18 Jul 2017

The children of Spruce and Rowan classes have been working hard, with Mrs Hogarth the Art Teacher, designing a poster on the theme "Axminster Carnival" for the Axe Vale Festival. Although all the chil...

Tadpole update

18 Jul 2017

The tadpoles that Beech Class were studying last term have continued to thrive! 

Election Week

18 Jul 2017

Here at Axminster Community Primary Academy, a decision was made to change the names of our four team colours Red, Blue, Green and Yellow. With the general elections drawing closer, our school council...