Our vision for science in school
Through curiosity and inquisitive thinking, we want children to develop a passion and love for science. Furthermore, our aim is to showcase the importance of science in everyday life and its links to other subjects. We would also like children to become confident in communicating using specialist scientific vocabulary and have opportunities to interact and meet with real-life scientists.
In Science, the children’s work encompasses the following areas: working scientifically, biology, chemistry and physics. The former relates to the nature, processes and methods of Science.
In Reception and Key Stage 1, we aim to provide the children with opportunities to experience and observe, looking closely at the world around them. They will be encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice. We will help them to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions, including observing changes over time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying, carrying out simple comparative tests and using secondary sources to find out information. Where possible, the learning should be done through the use of practical experiences.
In Lower Key Stage 2, the focus is to enable pupils to broaden their scientific view of the word around them. We will achieve this through exploration, discussion, and testing and developing ideas about everyday phenomena and the relationships between living things and familiar environments. The children will ask questions about what they observe and make some decisions about which type of enquiry is likely to be the best way to proceed.
Upper Key Stage 2 builds upon this, enabling the pupils to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas. They will learn to investigate more systematically and will draw more meaningful conclusions based on their data and observations, using evidence to justify ideas and scientific knowledge to explain their findings.