It is our intention that learning Science should be interactive and fun, developing children’s scientific thinking and their ability to behave as scientists in order to maximise their potential in Science. Children should be encouraged to talk about their observations, apply knowledge and understanding they have gained in order to form effective conclusions. This allows our children to build and apply relevant scientific vocabulary to explain their thinking. They are supported to identify how science is working around them, as well as helping them grow in confidence as scientists, developing an enjoyment for the subject and encouraging their curiosity to question the world around them. Science is often taught as part of a project-based curriculum whereby the children immerse themselves as Scientists with a cross curricular/STEM (Science, technology, engineering & maths) approach, where applicable, to achieve an end goal/project.
Science knowledge and skills are implemented through the use of Science curriculum maps. There are maps for all units of study for each year group. The curriculum map gives the national curriculum objectives, key vocabulary, prior and future learning, gives suggested investigations for all five areas of an investigative approach (comparative, observations over time, identify and classify, pattern seeking and research) and gives suggestions to enhance cultural capital and make links through other learning.
The impact of the science curriculum can be seen in the children’s approach to their learning, in their natural curiosity and enjoyment of the world around them. Book looks, lesson observations and pupil conferencing all show children developing an understanding of all areas of Science. They talk about investigations and ask thought-provoking questions.
All classes took part in Science week investigations and engaged with Online Live lessons. They were also involved in a Science Day organised by Integra, where they were given different areas of the Science Natural World to investigate. The children confidently explained their findings via video links to other schools and children in the area at the end of the day.
The school also has an active Eco Committee, with representatives from each class. The committee is working to help improve the environment in school, the local community and the wider world.