The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that
- help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future
Science teaching at Hapton C/E Methodist Primary School aims to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically, to gain an understanding of scientific processes and also an understanding of the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future. We do this by adapting the science element of the Lancashire scheme of work in order for it to be effective for our children.
As our classes are mixed year groups, we use a two year rolling programme to ensure coverage of all skills and objectives ensuring however, that progression over subjects that re- appear in other year groups is clear and evident, using; concept cartoons, songs, knowledge organisers and quizzes to check the children’s previous knowledge that has been taught on their journey through school.
All children are encouraged to develop and use a range of skills including observations, planning and investigations, as well as being encouraged to question the world around them and become independent learners in exploring possible answers for their scientific based questions.
Within the Foundation Stage we encourage the children to explore ,investigate and ask questions about the world around them as well as people and communities, These skills come under the specific strand, Understanding the World from the EYFS document which we use to assess any adult led or child initiated learning.
The impact this has in our school is that science lessons are looked forward too, it is a subject that children enjoy and even take part in, in an afterschool environment joining science clubs or STEM clubs . Children at Hapton feel comfortable to make suggestions and predictions without the fear of failure or of getting it wrong.