Science is an area of knowledge which depends on exploration, discovery and investigation of our world, starting with the things and events that surround us in everyday life.
We believe every child has an entitlement to explore science in a way that will enable them to develop scientific concepts, skills and knowledge. Whenever possible this will be achieved through first hand, practical experiences and investigations.
There will be;
- Provision of a curriculum which is accessible to every child at a level which is appropriate to their ability.
- Planning through a scheme of work using the ‘Primary Science Key Ideas’ and National Curriculum 2014 in KS1 and in Year R following the EYFS guidelines for Knowledge and Understanding of the World.
This will be achieved through;
- Developing a scientific approach to work by introducing skills, attitudes and scientific concepts appropriate to children’s ages and abilities.
- Developing understanding through open-ended, practical enquiries whenever possible.
- Building on children’s natural curiosity, inventiveness and wonder of the world.
- Generating and testing ideas.
- Gathering and making sense of evidence.
- Encouraging talk at all stages.
- Drawing links between science and relevance in everyday life.
- Making cross-curricular links, where appropriate, especially links with gardening and cooking through ‘Grow it, Cook it’.
- Opportunities to develop and apply ICT skills.
- Encouraging pupils to use their senses to observe and explore their environment.
- Using the school grounds and pond as much as possible.
- Making opportunities for the use of scientific language.
- Consideration of safe practice using Hampshire guidelines.
- On-going assessment and tracking of scientific enquiry skills and summative assessment at the end of key stage one.
Written by Petra Maudsley – Science coordinator – March 2015