‘Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge.’
As teachers of science we will…
…encourage our children to be curious, observe and make connections about themselves and the world around them. Through our topic based approach and our subject big questions, we aim to stimulate a child’s curiosity in asking and answering questions as they use their senses to find out why things happen in the way they do.
We want our children to become ‘scientists’ and work and think scientifically as they develop good scientific skills, knowledge and understanding and use subject specific vocabulary to talk about their ideas and findings. First hand and real life opportunities through scientific investigation and experiments enables them to make meaning and connections to real life whilst bringing science to life. For example, the ice hand investigation allows children to explore materials and the changes of state and the Year One children make a model of a working stomach using a range of kitchen substances to enable them to understand how food is digested.
Recap and review activities to begin science lessons ensures that children are building upon prior knowledge and that they are grasping a good understanding of scientific terminology by using this to move their thinking forward and to make connections.
Science is further enhanced through the range of educational visits, provision and after school clubs which are offered. For example, the Eco Club explore the impact that people and materials have on the eco-system.
For example, visits to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Nell Bank, the Deep and Fairburn Ings provide opportunity to explore animals, habitats and plants.
National Curriculum 2014
In science, pupils will have the opportunity to:
- ask simple questions and recognise that they can be answered in different ways
- observe closely, using simple equipment
- perform simple tests
- identify and classify
- use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
- gather and record data to help answer questions.
Inspired by Chris Quigley Ltd
Pupils will be able to develop their knowledge and skills as scientists by:
- using their five senses
- asking and answering questions
- making predictions about what they think might happen
- planning and investigating
- saying why and how things happen
- using a range of scientific equipment and resources
- recording their ideas and findings
- evaluating their own work and say how this can be improved.