From the early years, children are provided with the opportunities for discovery and experimentation through first- hand experience. They are encouraged to observe, discuss, classify, compare, set up fair tests and record and interpret their findings. Through their scientific enquiry and investigations, children are given the opportunity to learn about life processes and living things, materials and their properties and physical processes. Activities will take place in the context of the study of themes laid down in the National Curriculum and each theme will be visited every two years as the children develop understanding.
Our aim is to nurture the enquiring mind and extend children’s knowledge and understanding of the world around them so they have:
• The ability to think independently and raise questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and skills that it brings.
• Confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in, for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations.
• Excellent scientific knowledge and understanding which is demonstrated in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings.
• High levels of originality, imagination or innovation in the application of skills.
• The ability to undertake practical work in a variety of contexts, including fieldwork.
• A passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies.
As young inquisitive scientists, the children at Warwick Road aim to observe, test and practically explore the evolving world around them by answering questions posed through the six yearly units of study. Designed around the new curriculum, team work is an essential requirement of the manageable hands-on science lessons in which we provide. This is demonstrated by the use of the “Simon Says game” in Year 1. This is used to determine which body parts the children know and can name.
In Year 2, whilst working through the topic ‘Uses of materials’, children learn about absorbency and have the opportunity to carry out practical activities where they test the absorbency of different materials. They apply their findings from this investigation to design an umbrella for a gingerbread man. Watch out, the children’s scientific thinking may change the future of our world.