Our approach to science
We believe that working scientifically through a ‘hands on approach’ is the most effective way for our children to learn about science. It is therefore at the heart of what we do. By working scientifically through problems, our children develop and build a solid foundation to learn about the nature and processes of science. Through our teaching, we foster our children’s natural curiosity about the world around them, provide opportunities for them to be actively involved in their own learning, and provide opportunities for them to be engaged and reflective. As a result, our children gain a solid scientific knowledge and understanding, whilst developing the skills necessary for testing and investigating.
Science is taught to all children from Year 1 to Year 6 twice a week throughout the school year with each lesson lasting one hour. Our children develop their scientific knowledge and understanding in half termly units of work through focusing on key disciplines of the curriculum.
Core curriculum elements
The core elements of our curriculum are built around:
- Developing knowledge and concepts: Our children are taught in progressive blocks covering key ideas in biology, chemistry and physics. Our teaching is designed to ensure that each idea builds on the other from early on in Year 1 through to Year 6. The key ideas included are:
- Biology: Life processes i.e. looking at the structure and function of plants and animals; identifying and classifying organisms; life cycles of and interdependence between living things.
- Chemistry: Describing and using, changing, mixing and separating materials.
- Physics: Light and sound, electricity, forces and about the earth in space
- Working scientifically: These are the fundamental skills that are embedded within each lesson. They are not taught as a separate strand as our approach is to provide opportunities for our children to develop their investigative skills, develop their independence and autonomy in raising questions, and develop their ability to carry out investigations.
We are proud that:
- We have excellent opportunities to enrich our science curriculum through a variety of exciting and purposeful science trips, including visits to:
- Kew Gardens to supplement the plants and trees unit;
- The Science Museum to explore different ways light can be used;
- Local settings (such as graveyards) to observe environmental effects - such as the effect of weathering on different types of rocks;
- Wandsworth Waste and Recycling Centre to see recycling in action;
- Barnes Wetlands Centre to learn about habitats;
- The Planetarium at the Royal Greenwich Observatory to learn about the Earth in space.