“Science is like magic, but real”
Our vision at Haughton St Giles is to provide children with a practical, hands on science curriculum that enables them to develop their own scientific enquiry. Through scientific enquiry we will provide our pupils with the opportunity to be inquisitive, curious, exploitative and independent within their learning. We aim to inspire children to become life-long learners and continue to be inquisitive about the world around them.
Science stimulates and excites pupils’ curiosity whilst satisfying their thirst for knowledge. Because science links direct practical experience with ideas, it can engage learners at many levels. Scientific method is about developing and evaluating explanations through experimental evidence and modelling. Pupils learn to question and discuss science-based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world.
At Haughton St Giles, Key Stage 1 pupils observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and physical occurrences. They begin to work together to collect evidence to help them answer questions and to link this to simple scientific ideas, evaluation of evidence and starting to consider whether tests are fair. By using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables children begin to explore the world of Science.
At Key Stage 2, children develop and build upon skills gathered in Key Stage 1. Pupils apply their knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas to everyday things and their personal health. They think about the effects of scientific and technological developments on the environment and in other contexts. Working independently and collaboratively, pupils carry out systematic investigations, using a range of reference sources in their work. Children now advance to talking; reflecting and sharing their scientific learning, further developing their range of scientific language, conventional diagrams, charts, graphs and ICT.
Teaching and learning
Miss Latham is our main educator of Science across both Key Stages. By communicating regularly with class teachers, Miss Latham ensures lessons make effective links with other curriculum areas and subjects, including Literacy, Numeracy, Topic and ICT, where appropriate.
All lessons taught have clear learning objectives, which are shared and reviewed with the pupils effectively.
Pupils are encouraged to experiment and investigate the world around them and helped to raise their own questions, such as: “Why…?”, “How…?” and “What happens if…?”
Activities develop the skills of enquiry, observation, locating sources of information, selecting appropriate equipment and using it safely, measuring and checking results, and making comparisons and communicating results and findings.