Science Curriculum Information
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At Icklesham Church of England Primary School and Nursery we believe that a high quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Our science teaching helps us to prepare children for life, through experiences and exploration of the world in which they live. Children discover, explain and develop skills of enquiry through working scientifically.
Through science pupils at Icklesham Church of England Primary School and Nursery will continue to deepen their respect, care and appreciation for the natural world and all its phenomena.
Science pervades every aspect of our lives and we relate it to all areas of the curriculum. We also ensure that pupils realise the positive contribution of both men and women to science and the contribution from those of other cultures. We not only emphasise the positive effects of science on the world but also include problems, which some human activities can produce.
The EYFS teaches pupils to investigate science as part of Understanding of the World. Children are encouraged to investigate through practical experience; teachers guide the children and plan opportunities that allow the children to experience and learn whilst experimenting for themselves.
Pupils in Key Stage 1 develop their understanding of science through focused observations and explorations of the world around them, these are further developed through supportive investigations into more independent work at Key Stage 2. The knowledge and content prescribed in the National Curriculum will be introduced throughout both key stages in a progressive and coherent way and by careful planning, pupils’ scientific skills and knowledge gained at Key Stage 1 is consolidated and developed during Key Stage 2.
Children are naturally curious. Science at Icklesham Church of England Primary School and Nursery nurtures this curiosity and allows them to ask questions and develop the skills they need to answer those questions. Our science curriculum is designed to:
- develop pupils’ enjoyment and interest in science and an appreciation of its contribution to all aspects of everyday life
- build on pupils’ curiosity and sense of awe of the natural world
- enable pupils to experience a range of investigations and practical activities which give a greater understanding of the concepts and knowledge of science
- introduce pupils to the language and vocabulary of science
- develop pupils’ basic practical skills and their ability to make accurate and appropriate measurements
- develops pupils’ use of computing through their science studies.
- extends the learning environment for our pupils via the locality
- promotes a ‘healthy lifestyle’ in our pupils.
Ongoing assessments take place throughout the year and teachers use this information to inform future lessons and to ensure that children are ready for the next stage of their education.