In Foundation and KS1, the science curriculum is designed to stimulate curiosity and enquiry and the development of skills, concepts and theories. ‘Looking’, ‘finding out’ and ‘trying things out’ are the skills we encourage by exploring the environment. Most work arises from topics. We use puppets to make science fun.
This process continues in KS2, encouraging children to develop an enquiring scientific mind. Pupils explore and investigate our world, while establishing an appreciation for life and scientific phenomena.
The fundamental skills, knowledge and concepts of science are set out in the National Curriculum, where they are organised into 4 areas:
- Scientific enquiry
- Life processes and living things
- Materials and their properties
- Physical processes
We aim to reach the latter 3 areas using scientific enquiry wherever possible; thus enabling children to explore their own ideas and plan their own experiments.