Science is a wonderful subject to develop the key skills of curiosity, perseverance, challenge reflection and thinking! In our school, we aim for science to be as practical as possible, and as meaningful to everyday life as we can. As such, children enjoy science and the opportunities it brings for group work, investigation and knowledge acquisition; children love learning about how the world ‘works’. Our primary aim in science is clear; to spark curiosity. We want children to be able to question the world around them – and have strategies available to them in order to answer those questions. These strategies include investigation skills, enquiry and the ability to use ICT in order to develop their thinking and knowledge.
Across the school, children follow the content of the National Curriculum for England, with some additional science learning which our school sees as important for our children in order for our wider creative curriculum to be fully developed. As such, the science coverage for each year group is included within the curriculum map.
In each topic, investigations are integral to the scientific learning journey and we work hard to ensure children are given the opportunity to explore the skills required to work scientifically. Our aim is to enable children to develop these skills to foster a lifelong passion for science.
Across our school we have developed a common approach to scientific investigation, following the 5 C’s of Science: Consider, Carry Out, Collect, Compare and Conclude. This approach starts in Year 1 and is progressively built upon until children are fully confident in: