Children live in an age of fast-moving science and this area of learning is fundamental to exploring, understanding and influencing the natural and made worlds in which we live. Our aim is to build on the children’s natural enthusiasm and curiosity to find out about phenomena and events in the world around them and make better sense of their environment. Science is taught both as a discreet subject and as a part of the creative curriculum depending on the focus of the unit.
In the Foundation stage, children begin to develop an understanding of science through the broad area ‘Understanding the World’. Children explore and find out about the world around them and begin to ask questions about it. As children progress through the school they are given a wide range of scientific experiences as they are introduced to more complex scientific ideas. Children learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way science is an integral part of our everyday modern life and will affect the future and present on a personal, national and global level. Using “Outstanding Science” to help plan, the curriculum develops scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through a range of topics from the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Children work scientifically and develop their understanding of scientific enquiry by establishing and evaluating explanations through experimental evidence and modelling. Children apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data.