A high-quality education in science provides the basis for understanding of the world. Science is fundamental part of our daily lives and teaching it from this age encourages curiosity, questioning and allows children to make links of things all around them. At Stoke Park Infant School we believe that learning about science through first hand experiences is key. We are lucky to have fantastic grounds, which allow us to take our first hand learning outside as much as possible.
In the Foundation Stage children are introduced to Science through Understanding of the World. They are given opportunities to observe, sort and classify and perform simple tests to help them begin to understand the world around them, all the while being questioned and led in the use of scientific language.
In Key Stage One the curriculum is split into different areas. These include; Plants, Animals including humans, Living things and their habitats, Materials and Seasonal Changes. These areas are taught over the course of Year 1 and Year 2.
At Stoke Park Infant School we believe that all children have the right to exciting and engaging science curriculum with opportunities to enquire and investigate. We provide a safe and stimulating environment where children encounter challenging and creative learning experiences in their science learning. We aim to stimulate the children’s natural curiosity and sense of awe and wonder about the world in which they live. Through this we believe that children will be able to appreciate how the growth of scientific knowledge has affected their everyday lives.
Throughout our science curriculum we offer the opportunity for children to work scientifically. We encourage our pupils to be inquisitive and ask and answer questions about the world around them. Through experiment and enquiry we help the children to understand that there isn’t always one answer to a question and that we need to be resilient when conducting experiments. Science is a great way to show that it is good to make mistakes; they allow us to adapt what we are doing and learn from then. We provide the children with opportunities to spend time making observations and use scientific equipment, performing simple tests to draw conclusions. We offer opportunities for children to reflect on and record their findings drawing conclusions on what they have seen.