Our science curriculum aims to stimulate and excite children’s natural curiosity and give them meaningful opportunities to explore, observe and investigate the natural and familiar world around them. We recognise that in our community some children have limited access and experience of the natural and local environment and we aim to offer these opportunities in variety of contexts. Science is interwoven into our topic based learning and these are chosen carefully to allow us to address local issues around personal care such as obesity and dental hygiene as well as more global issues such as recycling and looking after our planet. Cooking and our involvement with Food For Life has been an important part of our school life for a long time. This has been enhanced by our newly set up kitchen, where we now cater school dinners ourselves. This allows for more opportunity for the children to have conversations and be involved in decisions around healthy eating at our school. We also have purposeful cooking experiences across the school and use produce we have grown in our school for the school kitchen, to help children develop a clear understanding of where some foods come from. Another important part of our whole school curriculum is our focus on oracy skills. In science we support the development of oracy and communication skills to allow children to confidently talk about their familiar world and support their enquiry based learning. Pupils are introduced to new/appropriate vocabulary to enable children to talk about their observations and to ask questions.
Children are given opportunities to work practically, independently and co-operatively for different tasks either with a partner, in a group, on their own or as a whole class.
In Years 1 and 2 pupils follow a creative curriculum which provides relevant cross curricular links to other subjects including maths, English, ICT and Design Technology. In Years 1 and 2 the new statutory National Curriculum teaches the children methods and skills to work in a scientific way. In Year 1 the focus is learning about Plants, Animals including humans, Everyday Materials and Seasonal Change, and in Year 2 the skills and knowledge about Plants and Animals including humans is built upon. Additionally All living Things and Habitats and the Uses of Everyday Materials is taught.
We plan for visitors to school to extend learning, such as the space dome and living animals. The children have planned visits to other places such as Beacon Hill, a local farm and Watermead our local park which provides an opportunity to explore and develop curiousity within a different learning environment.