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Science

The manner in which our curriculum is organised enables all children, including those with additional needs and EHCPs, to fully participate in learning activities. We ensure that our curriculum makes our children “ACHIEVE”

All children are provided with the very best learning experiences.

Classrooms are stimulating and a safe space where children develop their love for learning.

Happiness of all is paramount.

Individual needs are recognised and met; an inclusive curriculum for all.

Early Years expertise is used to meet the unique needs of the children from the ages of 3-7.

Voices of the children are heard and listened to, ensuring that they are at the heart of everything we do and every decision we make.

Each and every child makes the best possible progress, leading to lifelong academic and personal achievement.

 

We have developed an active approach to learning and teaching which enables us to respond to the needs of our children as they move from Nursery to Reception and then on to Year 1 and 2. 

At Torpoint Nursery and Infant School we believe that Science/ Understanding the World (UTW) has a fundamental role in ensuring children develop the skills necessary to adopt a natural curiosity and help them to develop a scientific approach to solving problems that can be applied throughout cross-curricular learning.

 

We develop children’s enjoyment and interest in science and an appreciation of its contribution to all aspects of everyday life and the world around them. We use our natural areas and locality to build on children’s curiosity and sense of awe of the natural world and to extend the learning environment.

 

We teach science in ways that are imaginative, purposeful, well-managed and enjoyable. Including, through first hand experiences, within school and during educational visits in each year group.

 

We teach both the skills and knowledge within the science curriculum, promoting the science specific language and vocabulary, whilst developing skills of investigation including observing, measuring, predicting and experimenting alongside the knowledge of animals, plants, materials and seasonal change.

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Early Years Foundation Stage

Science within EYFS is covered within the specific area of learning: Understanding the World, with an understanding that each area of learning is impacted by children achieving the statements related in each of the Prime areas of learning.  Children have opportunities to practically experience and explore animals, plants, materials and seasonal change through carefully planned child-centred learning environments linked to current themes and interests.

Key Stage 1

In Key Stage One, teachers will ensure that the skills children have acquired in EYFS will be built upon and utilised to enable children to gain further skills and new knowledge. The key skills are;

  • Questioning
  • Making predictions
  • Observing and using equipment
  • Performing simple experiments
  • Identifying and classifying

Skills are revisited throughout the year to enable children to gain knowledge about animals, plants, materials and seasonal change.

After School Club

During after schools clubs we were super excited to become scientists... we made rocket balloons!!

We worked together to follow the method using the equipment we were given. We used our science knowledge to make predictions about the experiment and changed variables to test different ideas and answer our questions.