“Because our setting has children who learn best through first-hand experience, our science curriculum enables them to foster a healthy curiosity about the world around them.”
At Studlands Rise, we encourage children to develop an enquiring mind and analytical thinking skills through an interesting and relevant enquiry based Science curriculum. Science continues to change our lives in many different ways and learning about scientific knowledge, methods, processes and uses provides the foundation for understanding the world in which we live today and for the future and knowledge. We study a varied curriculum which is carefully planned to build on knowledge ‘year by year’ and covers the three scientific disciplines of Biology, Physics and Chemistry as well as how to Work Scientifically.
We feel that science is taught through exploration and investigation of the world know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. We aim to provide children with opportunities to talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another, as well as make observations of animals and plants in order to explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.
We believe in a hands on and practical approach where children’s interests are vital to the planning and teaching of early science. Outdoor learning is a vital part of our Science learning and we recognise the importance of children understanding the relevance of their learning and relate it to everyday life and the world outside the classroom. We will encourage the children to learn through experimentation and enquiry.
We have a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum where teaching and learning allows for progression across all key stages within the varied strands of Science.
We build upon the knowledge and skill development of the previous years. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases, they become more proficient in selecting, using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results, they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence. Working Scientifically skills are embedded into lessons to ensure that skills are systematically developed throughout the children’s school career and new vocabulary and challenging concepts are introduced through direct teaching. This is developed through the years, in-keeping with the topics.
Children have access to key vocabulary and meanings in order to understand and readily apply to their written, mathematical and verbal communication of their skills. Children can use a range of resources to develop their knowledge and understanding that is integral to their learning and develop their understanding of working scientifically.
Practical investigative opportunities are regularly planned within each unit of work, with cross curricular links being made wherever possible
Children are offered a range of extra-curricular activities including visits, trips and visitors to complement and broaden the curriculum. These are purposeful and link with the knowledge being taught in class. Events, such as Science Week, allow all pupils to come off-timetable, to provide broader provision and the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills.
At the end of each topic, key knowledge is reviewed by the children and rigorously checked by the teacher and consolidated as necessary. Each unit has an overarching big question which frames the topic and gets the children more engaged with the unit and thinking about their own questions that they want to find the answers to.
At Studlands Rise, we are Scientists.
- The ability to think independently and raise questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and skills that it brings.
- Confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in, for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations.
- Excellent scientific knowledge and understanding which is demonstrated in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings.
- High levels of originality, imagination or innovation in the application of skills.
- The ability to undertake practical work in a variety of contexts.
- A passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies.