Science at Bessemer Grange

At Bessemer we aim to ignite pupils’ curiosity and encourage them to confidently explore and discover the world around them,  so that they develop a deeper understanding of the world we live in.   Through our practical and enjoyable curriculum we aim to inspire and excite our children and foster a thirst for knowledge.

Pupils are taught how to ‘work scientifically’ through the content of Biology Chemistry and Physics and across the curriculum.   Pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions.    These types of scientific enquiry include:

  • observing over time
  • pattern seeking
  •  identifying, classifying and grouping
  • comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations)
  • researching using secondary sources. 

Key Stage One

Over the year, pupil’s in Year One will work on the following topics; seasonal change, animals including humans, everyday materials and plants.  The topics for Year Two are uses of everyday materials, animals including humans, plants and living things and their habitats. 

Key Stage Two

Pupils in Year Three learn science through the following topics;  forces and magnets, rocks, plants, light and animals including humans. The topics for Year Four are animals including humans, sound, electricity, states of matter and living things and their habitats. The topics for Year Five are properties and changes of materials, animals including humans, forces, living things and the habitats and earth and space.   The topics for Year Six are light, evolution and inheritance, electricity,  living things and their habitats and animals including humans. 

Here are Year Five enjoying a visit from some reptiles. 

Early Years 

Science in Nursery and Reception is taught by helping children’s ‘Understanding of the World.’  Pupils learn through practical exploration and talk about how things happen and why things work.  Nursery children are given the opportunity to comment and ask questions about aspects of the world.   In reception, pupils learn about similarities and differences between people, places, objects materials and livings things.   They talk about features of their environment and how different environments may vary.  They also acquire skills to make observations of plants and animals and talk about changes that may occur. 

Nursery and reception have planted lots of bulbs in the outside area.  Keep your eyes peeled to see how they change and what they will turn into.