At Worcesters, we believe that science stimulates and excite pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. Through science, pupils understand how major scientific ideas contribute to technological change – impacting on industry, business and medicine and improving the quality of life.
The school places a high priority on the development of pupils’ skills of working scientifically. Science lessons are taught weekly. In lessons, the skills for working scientifically are taught alongside the scientific content outlined in the science programmes of study. In this way, there is an equivalent emphasis on working scientifically and scientific content. Wherever possible, we make use of the outside environment. At Worcesters, we have our very own Science garden where children can learn about habitats, plants, seasons and animals through hands-on experiences. We also run a weekly nature club where children in KS2 help to tend to the garden and learn more about the plants and animals that live there.
We are also fortunate enough to have Forty Hall in the local area and we make regular use of the grounds to learn more about living things and the environment.
Activities are challenging, motivating and extend pupils’ learning. They develop the skills of enquiry, observation, locating sources of information and planning investigative work, children are taught to select appropriate equipment and use it safely, measure and check results, make comparisons and communicate results and findings.
At Worcesters, we regularly take part in science theme weeks in order to get children excited about Science. Over the last year, we have taken part in the Tim Peake Primary Project, World Space Week and British Science Week.
Science in the Early Years
Early investigative skills are developed in the Foundation Stage where Knowledge and Understanding of the World is one of the areas of learning. Children are encouraged to develop their curiosity and questioning skills through hands-on investigation and exploration. Reception also have their own planters where they grow plants and learn how to care for them.
Last year, teachers, school council and pupils were all involved in writing six science principles. We believe that science is great when these things are included!