Science is a wonderful subject to develop the key skills of curiosity, perseverance, reflecting and thinking! In our school, we aim for science to be as practical as possible, and as meaningful to everyday life as we can. Science teaches an understanding of natural phenomena. It aims to stimulate a child’s curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do. It teaches methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative thought. Children learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way science will affect their future on a personal, national, and global level.

Our primary aim in science is clear; we want children to be able to question about the world around them - and have strategies available to them in order to answer that question. These strategies could include investigation skills, but also the ability to use ICT in order to develop their thinking and knowledge is a prime focus of current science learning.

Across the school, children follow the content of the National Curriculum for England, with some additional science learning which our school sees as important for our children in order for our wider class 'topics' to be fully developed. As such, the science coverage for each year group is included within the 'Long Term Plan' detailed on each class page.

Across our school we have developed a common approach to scientific investigation, using a post it planning sheet. This starts in Year 1 and is progressively built upon until children are fully confident in:

• Posing questions
• Making reasoned predictions
• Developing methods to answer questions
• Fair testing
• Collecting results
• Drawing conclusions

National Curriculum in England: Science