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Science is and has always been a core subject of the National Curriculum, together with Maths and English. At The Junior and Senior School the children learn science through a number of ways. In the EYFS, children in Pre–School, Pre-Reception and Reception learn about different scientific phenomena through ‘Knowledge and Understanding of the World’ which is child led through their own experiences and personal curiosities. In Years 1-6 the children follow the National Curriculum, which has been updated for the 2016/17 academic year.

The focus of science teaching is on building the skills of scientific enquiry so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions. The principle purpose of science teaching at KS1 is to enable pupils to experience and observe phenomena, looking closely at the natural and humanly-constructed world around them. They are encouraged to ask questions and are helped to develop their understanding of scientific ideas. In lower KS2 the pupils are enabled to broaden their scientific view of the world, through exploring, testing, discussing and developing ideas. They are encouraged to ask questions about what they observe so that by upper KS2 they are developing a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas.

Throughout the whole science curriculum the children should be taught to work ‘scientifically’, so that they develop an ability to use and apply different scientific skills during their investigations.

We aim to develop and broaden the children’s scientific view of the world around them through the processes and strategies of investigation and discovery. An emphasis is placed on ‘Working scientifically’ through inspirational and engaging activities.

Spoken language and collaborative learning is highly valued throughout science lessons, as this not only encourages children to explore scientific vocabulary but also share and develop their ideas with others.  They are encouraged to hypothesize, experiment to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, analyse causes and draw conclusions.

Pupils are taught essential aspects of scientific knowledge and understanding, processes and methods of science, enabling them to understand the implications of science today and for the future.

As children follow their curiosity, they make careful observations, sometimes taking measurements, looking for patterns in what they see, inventing explanations and ideas to be tested.  Children are taught the following skills in science lessons: observing, classifying, predicting, measuring and testing, investigating, communicating using scientific vocabulary, recording using drawings, table and charts and working safely.

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Louisa Georgiou September 2016.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it