Science is taught in the Foundation Stage classes as an integral part of the topic work covered during the year. We relate the scientific aspects of the children’s work to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged birth to five, which develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the world.
At Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and physical phenomena. They work together to collect evidence to help them answer questions and to link this to scientific ideas. As the children move up the school they carry out more systematic investigations, deciding how to turn their own ideas into a form that can be tested. They evaluate evidence and consider whether tests or comparisons are fair. They use reference materials to find out more about scientific ideas. They analyse the data they have collated and present it in tables, graphs and charts. The children have access to use the internet, digital microscopes, data loggers and computer software for research, and for the recording of their ideas. Teachers use the Interactive Whiteboard to deliver parts of some lessons.