Science is a wonderful subject to develop the key skills of curiosity, perseverance, reflecting and thinking! In our school, we aim for science to be as practical as possible, and as meaningful to everyday life as we can. As such, children enjoy science and the opportunities it brings for group work, investigation and knowledge acquisition; children love learning about how the world 'works'.
Our primary aim in science is clear; we want children to be able to question about the world around them - and have strategies available to them in order to answer that question. These strategies could include investigation skills, but also the ability to use ICT in order to develop their thinking and knowledge is a prime focus of current science learning.
Across the school, children follow the content of the National Curriculum for England, with some additional science learning which our school sees as important for our children in order for our wider class 'topics' to be fully developed.
Across our school we have developed a common approach to scientific investigation, following the 'Shape Code'. This code starts in Year 1 and is progressively built upon until children are fully confident in:
Making reasoned predictions
Developing methods to answer questions
Documents are included below with the National expectations of what we would expect children to be able to achieve by the time they leave us in Year 6 - we see these skills as being vital for preparing children to be 'secondary ready'. Our approach to investigative learning, our whole school science overview and how we ensure we cover the entire National Curriculum are also included.