Science is taught from Foundation Stage through to Year 6.
In Foundation Stage teachers carefully track and assess children and move them on in their science learning through a broad and balanced play based curriculum. They have a large focus on STEM across the year. The children in Foundation Stage love being outside in all weathers which means that they have daily access to their outdoor area including a well kept garden area boasting different flowers, fruits and vegetables (which the children are involved in growing) and digging pit which means they see first hand both seasonal and weather changes.
In both KS1 and KS2 teachers use ‘Switched on Science’ by Rising Stars as a basis for their teaching of Science. This meets the requirements of the National Curriculum. As the children move into KS1 we begin to offer a more formal learning setting. Children go on nature walks in both the school grounds and the local area and start to do more practical experiments. Science lessons take place weekly across the two key stages and include a variety of practical activities through each topic.
Within school we are very lucky to have:
- a pond
- an orchard
- a growing area
- a bug hotel
- many other outdoor habitats within our school grounds.
As children move through the school there is still a huge emphasis on practical based learning and science will get more challenging with a greater focus on the children doing investigations, making choices and researching for themselves, inspiring them to be mini Scientists.