The aim of science education in the school is to encourage the children’s natural curiosity through experimentation, observation and investigation to make sense of the world around them. Teachers endeavour to make it fun and interactive including a mix of practical activities and investigations and recording of results, which enable children to gain first-hand knowledge and experience. In their early years the children will encounter key ideas and concepts in simple form and then will continue to build on these to develop a higher level of understanding.
Science in the school is taught through ‘units of work’ and as in all areas follows the National Curriculum Guidelines.
Examples of science topics:
Reception, Years 1 and 2: Pets, The Great Outdoors, Weather and Seasons, Pushes and Pulls
Years 3 and 4: How plants grow, Healthy Food, Materials, Electricity, Rocks and soils
Years 5 and 6: Space, Light & Sound, Life cycles, Evolution
In some cases, Science is combined with the use of ICT, for example the use of digital measuring and logging equipment to measure temperature and weather.