Our curriculum follows the New National Curriculum with Science being taught discretely with some links to topic work where appropriate. All lessons incorporate key skills as well as subject specific skills and knowledge. Science taught in reception will be taught using guidance from the Early Years Foundation Stage document. The curriculum is built around the principle of greater learner involvement in their work. The teacher and learners will begin each topic, usually with a ‘WOW’ question which engages the pupils and encourages them to want to learn more to gain answers to the wider question.
Using the information gained from a pre-learning challenge a series of lessons are then planned to form the direction of teaching. Allowing the children to guide and build on their prior knowledge, which will engage them in a level of work that is appropriate to their needs.
Rationale Science should enable pupils to experience and observe phenomena, looking closely at the natural and humanly-constructed world around them. They should be encouraged to be curious and ask questions, our ultimate aim to develop enthusiastic young scientists!
Through our Science curriculum we aim to help children to:
- Foster an enthusiasm for and an interest in Science
- Develop questioning and curiosity
- Make observations over a period of time
- Develop an understanding of nature
- Develop the use of Scientific language and skills
- Develop skills and techniques to investigate questions, carry out tests and find out answers
- Understand relationships between living things and familiar environments Objectives The pupils will achieve these aims by:
- Carrying out practical investigations. They will learn to observe changes and patterns over time, carry out simple comparative and fair tests and draw simple conclusions to talk about and write later what they have found out.
- Undertaking studies of different areas of Science
- Using secondary resources to support study
- Developing the skills of questioning and the use of appropriate Scientific language Presenting observations in a variety of ways