At Whitefield Infant School, the science curriculum provides children with an increasing knowledge and understanding of the world around them. It enables children to develop enquiry skills and questioning skills to prepare them for life in an increasingly scientific world. The curriculum focuses on developing scientific vocabulary through hands on, practical experiences to develop a deep and lasting interest in science.
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.
The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
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.
At Whitefield Infant school we have a shared vision for the teaching of science. We believe science is good when;
Children are working practically.
Children use the correct scientific vocabulary.
Children record their learning in a variety of ways.
Children ask their own questions.
Children work in groups.
Children have ownership of their learning. (Planning their own investigations, asking their own questions, taking risks)
We use the outdoors.
Teachers are confident about what they are teaching.
Children are engaged, excited and involved.
Science is cross-curricular.
We have regular visits from scientist, Steven Lewis Neill. This helps give us hands on experiences to enhance our science learning. We often get to explore animals and minibeasts up close! Steven Lewis Neill helps us to ask and answer questions, develop our scientific vocabulary and enquiry skills.
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.