We aim to ensure that our children develop the skills necessary to develop their natural curiosity and help them to develop their scientific approach to problems. We are committed to ensure the learning of Science and Understanding the World are taught discretely and in a cross curricular approach within themed blocks.
We aim to teaching science in ways that are imaginative, purposeful, well managed and enjoyable. To do this we teach in themed blocks across the school which enables science to be taught in a discrete approach.
Teachers start with the children involving them in the planning of a theme. Mind maps are created as a whole class and the teacher first asks the children to share what they already know about their chosen theme. A discussion is then taken place where the teacher questions the children with what they would like to find out about and also how the children think they will find out their information. This gives the children ownership with their learning. The direction of the theme can change over the week and the teacher will make a professional judgement as to what areas are suitable for their class and what will be appropriate for their individual children.
Early Years Foundation Stage
In the Early Year Foundation Stage we must create experience for children to explore ideas within science through play. Adults use their professional judgement as to when to intervene in a situation in order to further develop the children’s learning by taking that experience into a learning activity.
Key Stage 1
In Year 1 children develop their enquiry skills further by asking many questions about their learning. They perform simple tests, make careful observations and gather and record data to answer their questions.
In Key Stage 1 SC1 (Scientific enquiry) should feature through SC2 (Life and living processes), SC3 (Materials and their properties) and SC3 (Physical processes). Teachers use questioning to challenge the learning and provide a range of stimulating opportunities for children to be engaged and excited by our themed topics