At Chew Stoke Church School the teaching and learning of science enables all pupils to develop a sense of curiosity about the natural world. All pupils develop the skills of scientific enquiry, questioning and investigating in a variety of contexts. This helps them to build a good understanding of the world around them. They learn to appreciate the work of famous scientists, and to question and often lead the line of scientific enquiry. Learning is an active process facilitated by teachers and enabling all pupils to deepen their scientific understanding
Teachers create a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all pupils are capable of achieving high standards in science. Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of science involves the following;
Early Years Foundation Stage
In the Foundation Stage, children are taught Science through the key areas of learning set out within the EYFS Statutory Framework. Through a broad range of teacher-led, child-initiated and continuous learning opportunities, children will be taught to:
• Use their senses to investigate a range of objects and materials
• Find out about, identify and observe the different features of living things, objects and worldly events
• Look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change
• Ask questions about why things happen and why things work
• Develop their communication and co-operation skills
• Talk about their findings, sometimes recording them
• Identify and find out about features of the place they live and in the natural world around them
Key Stage 1 and 2
In Key Stage 1 and 2, Science will be taught in planned and arranged blocks by the class teacher, these are, where appropriate linked to the overall Topic theme of the class. This ensures that all topics are covered and enables progression through the year groups. Children have weekly Science lessons, with teachers following the scheme of work, but adapting lessons where necessary to suit the needs of their class.
Most children will achieve age-related expectations in Science at the end of their cohort year.
Children will retain knowledge that is pertinent to Science with a real-life context.
Children will be able to question ideas and reflect on knowledge.
Children will work collaboratively and practically to investigate and experiment.
Children will be able to explain the process they have taken and be able to reason scientifically.