At Neville‘s Cross, we recognise the importance of science in all aspects of our lives. It is our intention in Science to increase children’s knowledge and understanding of our world and to develop children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to explore and make sense of the world around them. We will develop in our children the understanding that science is a process of enquiry beginning with a spark in their curiosity or from questions such as ‘how?’ and ‘why?’. Children will be taught to think and work like a ‘scientist’.
Our science curriculum is designed with our key curriculum drivers in mind:
Creativity – we aim to foster our children’s natural curiosity and allow them to develop an understanding that science involves both discovery and creation.
Well-being – we aim to support our children in achieving their full potential, to develop their scientific abilities to the full.
Our Communities – we aim to develop links with scientists within our school and local community as well as developing an understanding of how science impacts upon communities both locally, nationally and world-wide.
Science in the Early Years
In the Early years, science is taught through the children learning about the world around them in their learning through play. The focus in EYFS is about developing scientific language from an early age with an aim that children can use this scientific language confidently and accurately. They will also have lots of opportunities to investigate independently and as part of adult focussed activities. These investigations will be designed to develop enquiry skills and spark children’s interests.
Science in Key Stage 1 and 2
Science is planned to ensure children are able to progressively develop and deepen their scientific knowledge and enquiry skills as they move through school. Children will develop a strong scientific vocabulary, building on their firm foundations in the EYFS. We offer regular problem solving opportunities that allow children to find out for themselves.
Throughout EYFS and across both KS1 and KS2 children will have the opportunity to make links with learning in other subject areas. For example, using their knowledge of electrical circuits within a design and technology project or extending their knowledge of rocks and soils when learning about mining in the local area. Where possible, teaching and learning will be practical. We will use our school grounds and locality within our programme of teaching and learning.
Additional opportunities are provided in Science, such as celebrating Science Week, whole school science workshop afternoons led by visitors and educational visits linked to the science curriculum.
As a result of strong teaching and learning in Science, children will have a sound understanding of how Science works in the world around them, what it is to be a scientist and they will have the skills to investigate scientific questions, answering them in an accurate and systematic way.