"We should not teach children the sciences but give them a taste for them" - Jean Jacques Rosseau
Science at Shakespeare Infant School!
A high-quality and ambitious education in science for all learners provides the basis for understanding the world. 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 we believe that learning about science through first hand experiences is key. Our vision of a child-led approach to science enables children to ask important questions about the world around them and understand key concepts with a deeper level of thinking.
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 in order for children to be able to build on prior knowledge.
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.
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 world 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 has affected their everyday lives.
We aim to encourage strong links between, Maths and Literacy, as well as other non-core subjects through our teaching of science. As well as these coherent cross curricular links, throughout our science teaching and learning we encourage the development of our learning values; spirituality, collaboration, independence, creativity, thinking and emotional intelligence. We also embed our school ethos of ‘we care’ into the planning of science for example, when children in Year 1 have to grow and take care of their own plant. Further examples of our ethos and learning values can be seen when children of different year groups come together and share their scientific knowledge with each other, for example: when Year R and Year 2 collaborate and support each other with their mini-beast hunt.
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.
Science Learning Links!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcAmYGJrETo - Experiments to try at home!
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!
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.