Science is a key subject that has, and continues to change our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. In this world of fast moving science, it is fundamentally important to enable and encourage the children to, explore, understand and influence the natural and made worlds in which we live. We aim to enable the children to build on their natural enthusiasm and curiosity, to find out about phenomena and events in the world around them, and help them make better sense of their environment.
In the Foundation stage, children begin to develop an understanding of science through topic themed work. Children explore and find out about the world around them and begin to ask questions about it. As children progress through the school they develop their skills in ‘Working scientifically’ thus enabling them to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. They are encouraged to ask questions, challenge ideas and seek answers through experimentation, collection and analysis of data. They use simple features to compare objects, materials and living things and, with help, decide how to sort and group them, observe changes over time, and, with guidance, they notice patterns and relationships. They ask people questions and use simple secondary sources to find answers. Science is taught each term as part of topic work following the revised National Curriculum where it develops the children’s scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through a range of topics from the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Children apply their mathematical and knowledge and ICT skills to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data. They may be through a planned investigation which involves making a prediction, keeping it fair by changing the one variable they are testing for, using a range of equipment safely, to measure and record their results, draw conclusions from these and then presenting their results. Or it may be through observation, research, pattern finding and field work.