A curiosity about the world around them, an ability to think independently and answer their own scientific questions, an enquiring mind, they can make predictions and test them, a knowledge of how to carry out an investigation.
"The important thing is to never stop questioning." Albert Einstein
What makes a good Science student?
About Our Vision for Science
Science is a time for children to explore their curiosity. Children undertake practical experiments to investigate questions they pose. They predict and then explore questions on a number of topics. In addition they build skills around scientific enquiry and learning about life processes and living things, materials and their properties and physical processes. Children are confident in participating in Science by demonstrating a willingness to modify ideas and take risks. They seek to collaborate and work co-operatively with their peers.
- Observation over time
- Pattern seeking
- Identifying, classifying and grouping
- Comparative and fair testing
- Research using secondary sources
All of these domains are taught throughout the year to enable students to gain a range of scientific enquiry skills.
Science stimulates and excites children’s curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. It links direct practical experience with ideas and therefore engages children's interest at many levels.
Children are taught to discriminate, classify, recognise relationships and select information from a variety of sources. They develop skills in hypothesising, testing and evaluating ideas, and communicating using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables.
As a core subject of the National Curriculum, Science is generally taught as a discrete subject. Through science activities, we encourage the children to observe, investigate, seek evidence, interpret information, draw conclusions and apply their findings to new problems. By the time they leave us we hope that, like scientists, each child will have developed an open, critical and enquiring mind.
Work in the local area, the development of our school grounds, and the development and study of our conservation areas form an integral part of the children's day to day work.
Our Science Curriculum is taught within a ‘thinking skills’ approach, reflecting changes to the curriculum in 2014. We engage the children at the start of the unit of study by using relevant and interesting activities. We explore their existing knowledge and understanding and then present them with new challenges to move their understanding on. Children have the opportunity to participate in fieldwork, research enquiries, demonstrations and investigations. Once children have ‘moved on’ in their understanding of the scientific idea they are then given the opportunity to consolidate their learning by applying their ideas to a new situation. We always encourage our children to review what they learn and the way they learnt it. We also promote Science as a key part of the curriculum by showcasing it to the school to ensure its stature and importance is understood. This may take the form of science assemblies or by inviting outside parties in to work with the children.
If you have any questions about the Science curriculum within school, please come into school and ask to speak to Mrs. Ruddy, our Science Lead.
Science links and games
KS1 Science: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z6svr82
KS2 Science: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z2pfb9q
5 experiments to watch and try
Interactive activities that cover NC objectives.