Science is about children developing a sense of enquiry and extending their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. At our School we use a range of teaching methods in science lessons, with an emphasis on providing a curriculum which develops and extends the children’s scientific concepts and enables them to be curious about the world. This will lead to children learning to work as scientists, planning and undertaking practical investigations.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, activities are planned in relation to the “Understanding the World” area of the Foundation Stage curriculum. Children’s progress and achievements are assessed against the Early Learning Goals at the end of Reception. The activities are planned in a cross-curricular way through topic areas that are interesting and enjoyable.
During Key stages 1 and 2, science is taught through cross-curricular topics and also specific subject lessons. Wherever possible, links are made between science and other subjects, particularly literacy (recording and reporting), maths (accurate measuring and data recording), history (the work of influential scientists over time), geography (science of geology, habitats and other earth sciences) DT and ICT. We are incredibly fortunate with the location of our school and use the school grounds and local environment wherever possible to support the children’s learning in science. Activities are planned to cover the relevant key science skills and knowledge for each year group, with particular importance placed on children working practically so that they can make discoveries for themselves