From the Early Years, children are provided with opportunities for discovery and experimentation through first-hand experience.
Children are encouraged to observe, discuss, classify, compare, set up fair tests and record and interpret their findings. Through scientific enquiry and investigations, children are given the opportunity to learn about life processes and living things, materials and their properties and physical processes. Activities will take place in the context of the study of themes laid down in the National Curriculum and each theme will be visited every two years as the children develop understanding.
Our aim is to nurture the enquiring mind, develop a sense of awe and wonder and extend children’s knowledge and understanding of the world around them so they have:
• The ability to think independently and raise questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and skills that it brings.
• Confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in, for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations.
• Excellent scientific knowledge and understanding which is demonstrated in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings.
• High levels of originality, imagination or innovation in the application of skills.
• The ability to undertake practical work in a variety of contexts, including fieldwork.
• A passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies.