This year we are following the guidelines for the new National Curriculum 2014. We place great emphasis on investigative skills in science. It is important that children understand scientific methods and are able to conduct fair tests with accuracy. We believe that they also understand scientific concepts more effectively if they have practical experience of undertaking experiments.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage science is experienced through the `knowledge and understanding of the world` area of learning. We aim to create a stimulating environment that encourages children to develop an interest in the environment around them both indoors and outdoors, including our local environment.
In Key Stage 1 we encourage the children to look more closely at the world around them, to become more curious and begin to ask questions. In Key Stage 2 we continue to develop scientific thinking and scientific working.
In Key Stages 1 and 2 the children have specific science lessons timetabled into their week. In Key Stage 1 the pupils receive one hour of science teaching time a week and in Key Stage 2 pupils receive two hours a week.
Throughout both key stages, children learn how to make comparisons and identify similarities and differences; make careful observations and draw conclusions from their observations; make predictions and suggest questions that can be tested; plan and carry out investigations with fair tests; collect evidence and present results and draw conclusions.
Children learn about physical processes, life and living processes and materials and their properties.
Knowledge in science is learnt through a combination of experiment based learning, class teaching and using software to explain factual information and test learning.