Science at Dame Ellen has a very practical focus. Children are presented with a wide range of practical experiences that allow them to form an understanding of the world around them through interaction.
The children are encouraged to get hands on with experiments, experiences and observations. This encourages the children to become excited by Science and curious about finding things out. They learn to answer questions, for example, on how things are similar or different, how they change and what they can see happening.
Science is delivered in a cross-curricular way which allows the children's learning to link in with current Topics or areas of study. They will also continue to develop and apply their communication, reading, writing and maths skills in science.
Our science learning is often linked to children's class topics. In Lambs and Caterpillars classes children follow the Knowledge and Understanding of the World strand of the Early Years Foundation Stage. The rest of the school follow the National Curriculum Topics. Staff modify this so that all pupils are set relevant and challenging work. We work on a two year rolling cycle so all children have time and opportunity to assimilate new knowledge and skills. Working Scientifically underpins every science unit and there is a heavy emphasis on meaningful practical activities. For more information on when each unit will be taught please see your termly Curriculum Newsletter or contact your child's Class Teacher.
The children are not only learning about the topics in science but also how to become independent scientists. The children are introduced to the different skills needed. At the beginning of the lesson the children will have an opportunity to see what skill they will be using. Teachers will plan their lessons so all children will experience at each skill at least once during the year.
Science enables children to become independent learners! If we give children the tools to explore , they can make their own investigations.
Please also see STEM for more information about our exciting curriculum.