'Learning for life, building a firm foundation.'
Why we teach your child science:
Our aim is to teach children the understanding of natural phenomena. It aims to stimulate a child’s curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way that they do. It teaches methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative thought. Children learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way in which science will affect the future. We want to equip children with skills and knowledge that will last a lifetime and allow them to make direct links with the world around them.
Our objectives in the teaching of science are to:
• 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 children to answer scientific questions about the world around them;
• equip children with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
What our curriculum looks like:
In the EYFS, the building blocks to Science are taught through ‘Communication and Language’, ‘Physical Development’ and ‘Understanding the world’.
Key Stage 1
In Key Stage 1, pupils will experience, observe and investigate the world around them through first-hand practical experiences as well as secondary sources such as books, photographs or videos. They will be encouraged to be curious, ask questions, investigate through different types of scientific enquiry and use simple scientific language.
Lower Key Stage 2
In Lower Key Stage 2, pupils continue learning about the world around them through exploring, discussion, testing and developing ideas. Pupils will continue to develop working scientifically skills by deciding which type of enquiry is most suitable, drawing conclusions and using increasing scientific vocabulary to discuss and write about their learning
Upper Key Stage 2
In Upper Key Stage 2, pupils develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas through exploring and discussion; asking questions; and analysing functions, relationships and interactions more systematically. They will encounter more abstract ideas and begin to recognise how these ideas help them to understand and predict how the world around them works. They also recognise that scientific ideas change and develop over time.
How we teach Science:
Our science curriculum has been planned and sequenced in line with National Curriculum objectives and with cross-curricular links where appropriate. Furthermore, the curriculum has been created to build on what has previously been taught in other year groups to embed key scientific knowledge and encourage effective progression towards clearly defined end points.
How you can help your child at home:
There are lots of ways in which you can support your child with their Science learning at home.
Spend time outside making and talking about scientific observations
Visit Science venues and museums.
Check our website for Science competitions and useful links.
Ask your child about their Science learning – they will have lots to tell you!
Engage in scientific enquiries such as planting seeds; making observations over time of the changing seasons, the moon or growth of a family member/pet; making shadows or identifying reversible and irreversible changes in the kitchen whilst cooking.
Why not 'Celebrate Science' by reading wonderful books. Please see the book list below via the link:
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Further support and useful websites.
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“Don't let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.”
- Mae Jemison, first African American woman astronaut in space