Integral to the teaching of Science at Swalecliffe is the aim to stimulate the children’s curiosity as well as to create a sense of excitement when finding out why things are as they are and why they happen in the way they do. We encourage and support the children in asking scientific questions about natural phenomena which they can go on to find out about through research leading to the development of methods to put questions to the test. They are supported when they try to explain what is occurring but also given independence to come to an answer through their own experimental work. They are also encouraged to take their learning one step further by predicting how things will behave and subsequently analysing causes leading from explorative work.
We aim to provide our children with opportunities to develop their knowledge and understanding in an interesting and fun way so they develop a desire to want to find out more. Alongside this, we allow them to practise their scientific skills, including communicating their ideas and learning through the use of scientific language. Part of their independent learning is enhanced by being given time to plan, to make decisions on which equipment to use, to undertake and then to evaluate investigations, including being allowed to make mistakes from which to learn.
Our Teachers use a range of teaching styles and strategies during science teaching, including:
As part of our commitment to enrich our children’s learning with a broad and balanced curriculum, we encourage our teachers to use outdoor environments as much as possible. We have recently developed our Pond & Garden Area. Here the children are able to be in touch with the world around them through this natural habitat. We have a Science classroom where the children can work in order to build on their learning within the natural environment. We have a Tree Trail around our school grounds to encourage children to learn about trees native to our local area as well as a Wooded Area. We are lucky to be able to extend Science studies to learning about coastal habitats at the nearby beach.
Opportunities arise during the school year for children from various year groups to participate in Network Alliance Science events, Science clubs and Science workshops. Currently, Year 6 complete a Science Transition unit of work to prepare them for Key Stage 3 Science.
Click on the link to see what is taught and when, in order for science learning to be consistent and progressive from the Foundation Stage to Year 6.