All Saints Catholic Primary School

Science & Technology

Science

A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity…

DfE: Science Programmes of Study

Early Years Foundation Stage

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Key Stage 1

In Key Stage 1 the main focus of science teaching is to enable pupils to experience and observe phenomena, looking more closely at the natural and man-made world around them. Children’s instinctive curiosity is encouraged by asking questions and discovering the answers. Simple scientific language is used and most of the learning about science is through the use of first-hand practical experiences; books, photographs and film-clips are used to support learning.

Lower Key Stage 2 (Year 3 & 4)

Throughout Years 3 & 4 science lessons allow pupils to explore and understand the world around them enabling them to begin to develop their ideas about functions, relationships and interactions. They ask their own questions, observe and decide the best ways of answering them. They draw simple conclusions and use scientific language to talk and write about what they have found out.

Upper Key Stage 2 (Year 5 & 6)

Science teaching in Y5 & Y6 enables pupils to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas, including more abstract ideas. Through exploring, discussing, questioning, testing and analysing they begin to recognise how these ideas help them to understand and predict how the world operates and how scientific ideas change and develop over time.

Science Target Levels

Scheme of Work

Design Technology

High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.”

DfE: Design and Technology Programmes of Study

The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

Key Stage 1

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the principles of Designing, Making, Evaluation and relevant Technical Knowledge. They begin to use a range of tools, equipment and materials and explore the use of levers, sliders, wheels and axles.

Key Stage 2

In Key Stage pupils will continue to develop their skills in Designing and Making (using a wider range of tools, equipment, materials and components), Evaluating products and their impact, applying their increasing technical knowledge understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products.

Computing

A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. It ensures that pupils become digitally literate at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.” DfE:

The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

Attainment targets

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.

Key Stage 1

Pupils should be taught to:

  • understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital
  • devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous
  • instructions
  • create and debug simple programs
  • use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
  • use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve
  • digital content
  • recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
  • use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify
  • where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact
  • on the Internet or other online technologies.

Key Stage 2

Pupils should be taught to:

  • design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including
  • controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into
  • smaller parts
  • use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various
  • forms of input and output
  • use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and
  • correct errors in algorithms and programs
  • understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple
  • services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for
  • communication and collaboration
  • use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked,
  • and be discerning in evaluating digital content
  • select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range
  • of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content
  • that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and
  • presenting data and information
  • use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise
  • acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.

Specialist support teachers help to deliver the computing curriculum and aspects of computing are integrated into other subject areas through the Themed Curriculum.

Residential visits to Kingswood in Y4 and Y6 also include a computing element.

Cooking & Nutrition

Key Stage 1

  • use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes
  • understand where food comes from.

Key Stage 2

  • understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet
  • prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques

understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of   ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.