Science is valued by staff, pupils and governors as a core curriculum subject. It is seen as an integral part of modern culture and essential for the future development of society. We recognise that science has the potential to stimulate and excite pupils’ curiosity as well as to stretch their imagination and creativity. Science can also satisfy curiosity with knowledge and the skills to collect evidence through first-hand observation and investigation.
At Whiteheath Infant and Nursery School, our aim is to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think and work scientifically. Our curriculum gives children an understanding of scientific processes and provides the foundations for understanding of the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Children are taught to think about the uses and implications of science, today and for the future through a varied curriculum that links into their topic themes throughout the year.
We follow the objectives of the National Curriculum and have planned our units so that there is coherent progress across the year groups; knowledge is built upon throughout the school. Science is taught as a separate lesson on a weekly basis but cross-curricular links are made explicit to help children understand that science encompasses every aspect of our daily lives.
Opportunities to enhance the teaching of mathematical skills are identified in each unit of learning. We also continually encourage children to read science texts for pleasure whether they are at home or at school. Our curriculum is planned to be inclusive therefore lessons are planned to be accessible to all.
We ensure that the skills required to work and think scientifically are developed progressively throughout children’s time at our school; they can apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, designing, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts. Key scientific terminology is explicitly taught and children are encouraged to use this vocabulary and explain their thoughts clearly both orally and in written work. We want children to continually ask questions and be curious about their surroundings. Visits and workshops enhance the delivery of our science curriculum, offering hands on experience that builds on knowledge from year group to year group.
We are also proud to host our own annual Science Week, in which we follow the national guidance and offer new opportunities to ‘think outside the box’ using science in a fun, activity based series of investigations.
In Science, across the EYFS and Key Stage 1, we aim to enable our children to: