Science

Here at Crofton Infants’ School we know that children are naturally fascinated by everything in the world around them and that science makes a valuable contribution to their understanding of the world. We believe high quality science education provides the foundations for understanding how science has changed our lives and is making an increasing contribution to all aspects of life in our rapidly changing world.

Aims

At Crofton Infants’ School our science policy follows the National Curriculum for Science and aims to ensure that all pupils:

• develop lively, enquiring minds and the ability to question.

• learn scientific skills and knowledge.

• build on their natural curiosity and enable them to understand and care for the world in which they live.

• are provided with an environment where they can work in an investigative way and can communicate their findings in a variety of ways.

• can use equipment safely and sensibly.

• develop the potential scientific links with all other areas of the curriculum.

• develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding.

• develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.

• are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Curriculum

In EYFS we teach science as part of the Early Learning Goal: Understanding of the world. This involves the following areas:

• Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things.

• They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.

• They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes. 

In Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2) we teach the following subjects:

Year 1:

• Plants

• Animals, including humans

• Everyday materials

• Seasonal change

Year 2:

• Living things and their habitats

• Plants

• Animals, including humans

• Uses of everyday materials

Teaching Science

We teach Science to all children whatever their ability. Science forms an important part of the school curriculum to provide a broad and balanced education to all. Science is a hands on experience and all the children are given the opportunity to use their senses.

Children are encouraged to:

• observe, discover and experiment.

• develop scientific language.

• question and report.

• sort and classify.

• look for similarities and differences.

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