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”. 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 onto Year 1 and 2.
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;
- 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.