A high-quality and ambitious education in science for all learners provides the basis for understanding the universe.
Science is a fundamental part of our daily lives and all pupils have the entitlement to be taught the essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. At Shakespeare Infant School our intent is that learning about science through first hand experiences is key. Our vision of a child-led approach to science enables children to problem solve and ask important questions about the universe around them and understand key concepts with a deeper level of thinking.
At Shakespeare Infant School we believe that all children have the right to an exciting and engaging science curriculum with opportunities to enquire, investigate and ask those 'what if?' and 'how does this work?' questions to further their own learning and ensure the progress of scientific thought.
Shakespeare Infant School is a safe and stimulating environment with fantastic outdoor resources where children can encounter challenging and creative learning experiences in science. We aim to stimulate the children’s natural curiosity and sense of awe and wonder about the universe in which they live, providing those fundamental skills that they will be able to take forward into adult life. Through this we believe that children will be able to appreciate how the growth of scientific knowledge and understanding has affected their everyday lives.
Our teaching of science through our integrated curriculum encourages strong links between core and non-core subjects such as Literacy and Art. In addition to these coherent scientific teaching and learning cross curricular links, we encourage the development of our learning values, particularly, collaboration, independence, creativity and most importantly, thinking. We also embed our school ethos of ‘we care’ into the planning of science, sharing our knowledge with the wider community. As a school, we ensure that science is developed around the needs and interests of the 'whole child' where all learning is memorable, focussed and personalised for our pupils' individual needs.
We are very lucky at SIS to have fantastic outdoor learning opportunities. Our woodland allows children to investigate different aspects of nature and witness the effect of seasonal changes first hand. The woodland supports our integrated curriculum - particularly when it comes to learning about mini beasts, plants and seasons.
The children are given the opportunity to work with other year groups to share their subject knowledge with their peers. Children in Year R & 1 work together to pull the weeds from the flowerbeds ready for planting. Later on in the year, children in Year R + 2 partner up to go on their own mini-beast hunt!
Once a week at lunchtime children in Year 2 have the opportunity to come to Science club and try out some different and exciting experiments with Miss McCabe. It is our aim to inspire and encourage children to ask questions about the world around them. Here are a few images of the things we get up to!
Home made lava lamp using oil, food colouring, water and alka seltzer tablets!
"Science is about the miracle of the mundane - and children can appreciate this best. Every child is a scientist!" - Susan Bosak
Throughout our science curriculum we offer the opportunity for children to work scientifically. We encourage our pupils to be inquisitive and ask and answer questions about the world around them. Through experiment and enquiry we help the children to understand that there isn’t always one answer to a question. We provide the children with opportunities to spend time making observations and use scientific equipment, performing simple tests to draw conclusions. We offer opportunities for children to reflect on and record their findings drawing conclusions on what they have seen.
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