Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises ten Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.
We have designed our Science Curriculum to enable the children to be curious, give them opportunities to ask questions and develop the skills they need to help them answer these questions.
We follow the National Curriculum guidance for Science and believe that we should use our garden, allotment and forest to make links where possible, between the curriculum and the real world. We work on a 2-year rolling programme and we adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of the children. The learning is sequenced to enable the children to always build on previous learning to deepen and broaden their understanding of the world. We have also planned learning opportunities to link to other areas of the curriculum for example Design and Technology curriculum – linking learning about the seasons to seasonal foods, linking learning about how plants grow to designing mini greenhouses.
The children learn about the plant world, in Year R/1 they learn to identify plants. In Year 2 they learn about plant growth and in Year 3 and 4 they learn more about how plants grow. They also learn about the animal world identifying animals, pets and safari animals in Reception/1. In Year 2 they learn about different habitats and the growth and survival of different species. In Year 3 and 4 the children learn about eating and digestion, health and movement and animals in different environments. In Year 5 and 6 to prepare them for high school, they learn about life cycles, changes and reproduction, classification, evolution and inheritance and healthy bodies.
The children learn about materials in Reception and Year 1 and in Year 2 start to explore a range of materials and learn how to describe them and their properties. In Year 3 and 4 the children explore states of matter and in Year 5/6 to prepare them for high school they learn about changing materials.
In Year 3/4 the children start to learn about light and dark/sound and in Year 5/6 the children start to learn about seeing light/sound and vision.
In Year 3/4 the children learn about forces and magnets and in Year 5/6 this learning is built on when the children learn about forces in action in the forest. Throughout the Science Curriculum to inspire the children they learn about famous Scientists and what they have achieved in the real world.
In Year 3/4 the children explore circuits and conductors and in Year 5/6 this learning is deepened when the children learn about changing circuits more about electricity.
Finally, in Year 5/6 the children learn about Earth and Space in preparation for high school.
The children are taught how to work scientifically throughout their time at school. The curriculum is designed to give the children opportunities to ask age appropriate questions, make observations, perform fair tests, use equipment, make measurements, identify and classify, gather and collate information and report their findings.
Our Science curriculum is underpinned by our Values and Ethos statement which shows our aim is for the children to ‘Love Their Learning’ Cooking fried potatoes in the forest which the children have planted, watered, picked and prepared is always a firm favourite!
This is also underpinned in our ‘Learning wheel’ our Science curriculum encourages the children to ‘Be curious, inquisitive and have the confidence to explore.