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The National Curriculum (2013) states that:

 

"A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

 

Aims

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. "

 

 

At Whitefield, Science is taught following the aims and content of the National Curriculum. It is, where possible, taught through creative topic based work. We think Science is really fun and we provide children with first-hand experiences and opportunities to work scientifically in order to develop their scientific understanding. 

 

In the Foundation Stage we foster a hands-on curiosity for exploration of the world which feeds into the children’s skills for enquiry further on in the school.  Children are encouraged to develop their scientific skills through careful observations, investigations, experimenting, measuring, comparing and questioning. We aim to provide children with a range of opportunities where they are encouraged to make predictions, carry out fair tests, use scientific vocabulary, and technology. Through these fantastic experiences children learn the skills needed in order to present their ideas and evidence in appropriate ways and to make links with cause and effect.

 

 

 

Art is a really useful way of teaching Science. Year 2 have been looking carefully at a flowering plant called an amaryllis.
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Class 7 are looking after their school garden. They are growing lots of different bulbs. Ask Class 7 if you want to know the names of the bulbs that are growing. There are many varieties.
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Year 2 had a visit from scientist, Steven Lewis Neill. They investigated materials and whether they would float or sink. They asked lots of questions and work in teams to find the answers.
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Year 1 enjoyed using Ipads to study flowers growing around school. We took photographs of flowers we found and created a collage of our pictures.
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Science can be seen all around our school, the children love to display their learning and they enjoy exploring areas of science in the corridor and in their classroom.

Science around our school

Some useful websites:

These website have some fantastic videos and games for you to explore with your children.

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