We live in an increasingly scientific and technological age where children need to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes to prepare them for life in the 21st century. The science skills are taught through the New Curriculum.
Through Science it is our aim to build on children’s natural curiosity, enthusiasm and sense of wonder about the world and equip children to use themselves as starting points for learning about science.
Through practical work, children learn the skills of observation, prediction, investigation, interpretation, communication, questioning and hypothesising and increased use of precise measurement skills and Computing.
We aim to encourage open-mindedness, self-criticism, perseverance and responsibility.
Activities are carefully planned to build children’s self-confidence to enable them to work independently and to develop their social skills to work co-operatively with others.
We aim to foster a concern about, and appreciation of, our environment and to provide children with an enjoyable experience of science, so that they will develop a deep and lasting interest in the subject.
Details of specific topics and Themes being covered can be found on Class pages and in termly class letters.
In the Early Years, the teaching of science is within the Understanding of the World area of Learning of the Early Year’s Foundation Stage. Teachers meet children’s needs by providing activities and experiences based on past experiences, current interests and events.
Opportunities are planned for first-hand exploration that engages children in active learning by encouraging interaction with materials, ideas and each other. Provision in the form of role play, sand and water, creative areas and access to the outdoors is available daily as well as the focused activities that are planned and implemented.