Children learn best in science through first hand experiences. This could be through observing mini-beasts in their natural habitat, rolling a toy car down a ramp or investigating if the tallest person in the class has the longest stride.
Children also need opportunities to share what they know, ask questions to extend their own understanding and to reflect on their work and what they have learned. At our school we provide practical experiences through which children can explore their ideas and develop their knowledge and understanding of science.
Our aim is to ensure all pupils:
Knowledge and Understanding
- Are curious about things they observe, experience and explore the world about them with all of their senses.
- Use this experience to develop their understanding of key scientific ideas and make links between different phenomena and experiences.
- Begin to think about models to represent things they cannot directly experience.
- Try to make sense of phenomena, seeking explanations and thinking critically about claims and ideas.
Processes and Skills
- Acquire and refine the practical skills needed to investigate questions safely.
- Develop skills of predicting, asking questions, making inferences, concluding and evaluating based on evidence and understanding and use these skills in investigative work.
- Use mathematical skills in real contexts.
- Learn why numerical and mathematical skills are useful and helpful to understanding.
Language and Communication
- Think creatively about Science and enjoy trying to make sense of phenomena
- Develop language skills through talking about their work and presenting their own ideas using sustained and systematic writing of different kinds.
- Use scientific and mathematical language including technical vocabulary and conventions and draw diagrams and charts to communicate scientific ideas.
- Read non-fiction and extract information from sources such as reference books, CD-ROMs or the Internet.
Values and Attitudes
- Work with others, listening to their ideas and treating these with respect.
- Develop respect for evidence and evaluate critically ideas, which may not fit evidence available.
- Develop a respect for the environment and living things and for their own health and safety.