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 on a Friday afternoon, children across the school have the opportunity to be a Super Scientist and try out some different and exciting experiments with Miss McCabe during their Golden Time. 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.
Shakespeare Infant school has created an engaging, high-quality integrated curriculumwhich ensures progression across all year groups within science. Science is taught through different projects across the year either as the lead subject or as an applied subject.
In the Foundation Stage children are introduced to Science through Understanding of the World. They are given opportunities to observe, sort and classify and perform simple tests to help them begin to understand the world around them.
In Key Stage One the curriculum is split into different areas. These include; Plants, Animals including humans, Living things and their habitats, Materials and Seasonal Changes. These areas are taught over the course of Year 1 and Year 2. Providing a science curriculum in this way allows children to develop their knowledge and skills effectively whilst also maintaining and applying knowledge from previous learning.
As the children’s knowledge and understanding develops, and they become more proficient in selecting, using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results, they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence.
In a project where science is the lead subject, clear cross-curricular links in other core and non-core subjects are seen in all year groups. A longitudinal study is also undertaken by each year group so that the children can understand the effects of seasonal change on our local environment, developing their fieldwork skills and allowing the children to explore the school’s awe inspiring grounds.
Science is planned with exciting and interesting hooks that encourage the children’s natural curiosity and challenge preconceptions where scientific enquiry and problem solving are at its core. Each project has a clear outcome to work towards that enables children to develop their scientific skills, knowledge and language simultaneously. Children are also given the opportunity to go on school trips and as well as to welcome visitors to the school who provide workshops that help to embed the children’s learning during a project and broaden their knowledge.
Our child-led, problem solving approach to science allows the children to experiment with different variables and find things out for themselves. Children are encouraged to pose their own questions and are given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to find out the answers. At the beginning of each scientific project, a KWL is completed with the children which allows children to share prior knowledge as well as pose those thought provoking questions that lead to further enquiry. The KWL is ongoing throughout the project and as the children’s knowledge increases, so does the level at which their questions form and how their investigations are carried out, showing a natural progression. Children then revisit this at the end of a project and discuss what they have learnt. This may be with their peers, another year group, in front of parents or other adults in school. By working scientifically and incorporating our school’s learning values into the everyday teaching of science, children at Shakespeare Infant school will experience a purposeful curriculum that allows the children to explore the universe that surrounds them.
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