Science provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. At long Ditton Infant and Nursery School we teach the children that Science has changed lives and is vital to the world’s future. All pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science and are introduced to experimenting, observing and predicting what they think might happen. Our children are encouraged to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about the natural world, how things grow and change.
Science at Long Ditton Infant and Nursery School stimulates and excites children’s curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them, and the environment in which they live. Science links practical experience with ideas. It develops children’s observational, investigative and communication skills through first-hand experience and secondary sources such as books and ICT.
Science at Long Ditton Infant and Nursery School aims to ensure children:
Grow in confidence in science so they are able to express their ideas using scientific language
Begin to make sense of their observations and investigations by suggesting possible explanations
Communicate their knowledge and understanding in a variety of ways
Formulate and share ideas and begin to work out ways of testing them
Help pupils develop, model and evaluate explanations through scientific methods of collecting evidence using critical and creative thought.
Recognise hazards and risks when working with living things and materials
Make simple and accurate measurements
Develop an enthusiasm and fascination about science itself
Become curious about their environment
Develop respect for the environment and living things
Show pupils how major scientific ideas contribute to technological change and how this impacts on improving the quality of our everyday lives. Today and in the future.
How is science taught?
Science is taught through topics. The programmes of study are covered in half termly topics using the objectives from the curriculum maps. Some activities may arise from topical events and happenings. The emphasis in our teaching of science is on first-hand experience and secondary sources, and wherever possible, through practical investigative and questioning work.
Dialogue is encouraged
Careful observation is fostered.
Resources are made available.
The children are encouraged to communicate their scientific findings to others using a variety of methods including written or verbal reports and use of graphs or pictures.
In The Foundation Stage science is within “Understanding the World”. In this area of learning, children are developing the crucial knowledge, skills and understanding that help them to make sense of the world. The Children are given opportunities to solve problems, make decisions, experiment, predict, plan and question in a variety of contexts, and to explore and find out about their environment, people and places that have significance in their immediate lives.
Key Stage 1
During Key Stage1 pupils observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and physical phenomena. They begin to work together to collect evidence to help them answer questions and link this to simple scientific ideas. They begin to evaluate evidence and consider whether tests or comparisons are fair. They use reference materials to find out more about answering questions and scientific ideas. They share ideas and communicate them using scientific language, drawings, charts, and tables with the help of ICT if it is appropriate.
Equal Opportunities and Inclusion
All pupils irrespective of ethnicity, religion, gender or ability are given equal access to the Science curriculum where possible. Able, gifted and talented pupils will be supported through the subject developing analysis, thinking skills and evaluation techniques. Teachers will aim to be sensitive to problem linked to ethnicity and religion as well as promoting an appreciation for, and an appreciation of life in modern Britain. We aim to teach children to up-hold where applicable British values and a mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.