Science has changed the way we live our lives and is central to many aspects of day to day life. At Trumps Green Infant School, it is our intent to develop children’s fascination and love of science. We strive for children to be engaged, inspired and challenged by the world around them and have the motivation to explore and ask questions. Our Science curriculum enables pupils to experience and observe phenomena, looking more closely at the natural and humanly-constructed world around them. We aim to make Science as practical as possible, developing their curiosity and an ability to be effective problem solvers, helping to equip them for challenges now and in the future.
- The Science curriculum is based on the programmes of study set out in ‘Understanding the World’ in EYFS and the Key Stage 1 National Curriculum. It is designed to ensure that it provides the progression and coverage that meets the needs of all pupils across the school. It is planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on what has already been taught.
- The skills of working scientifically are taught by linking them to the subject areas along with scientific vocabulary that is appropriate for their stage of learning.
- Science skills are taught using different types of scientific enquiry, including observing changes over a period of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative tests and finding things out using books, photographs and videos. The children are encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice, making links with their previous learning and thinking independently.
- In the Foundation Stage, children are provided with experiences which enable them to develop skills of observation, exploration, prediction, enquiry and critical thinking. By providing the children with the opportunity to communicate and record their observations and predictions orally, we set the foundations of working scientifically.
Teaching and learning is evaluated by learning walks, drop ins, moderation sessions, pupil interviews and work scrutinies.
It is our aim that all children will achieve age related expectations in Science. We intend to embed key concepts in the children’s long term memory and apply them across the curriculum.