Born To Be Inquisitive
Children are naturally inquisitive, and I believe that through science they can build on, challenge and foster their curiosity. My many years of teaching has shown me that there is no better way of doing this than with a" hands on approach."
It is vital that science is exciting, that it ignites interest and curiosity. In order to instil a passion for science we must nurture this curiosity through observing, predicting, measuring, inferring, questioning and classifying. Children need to feel that science is fun!
science schemes of work and policy
Intent: At Fairchildes Primary School, we provide a high quality of science, which reflects the equality and diversity policies practiced throughout the school. The scheme of work has been developed with clear links to the National Curriculum Programme of Study. This ensures full coverage of the National Curriculum. Our Curriculum provides the right balance between working scientifically and learning specific scientific facts. Opportunities for teaching scientific enquiry are central to our Science Curriculum, so that every child gains a deeper understanding of scientific concepts through the questions they raise. In addition to knowledge, there are six science process skills that a scientist needs when working scientifically. Our curriculum provides the opportunity for the children to acquire these important skills: Observation, Measurement, Communication, Classification, Inference and Prediction. By teaching pupils these skills, we are also teaching them the skills that they will use in every area of their learning. Teachers will ensure that all children are exposed to high quality teaching and learning experiences. These will hook the children’s interest, enabling them to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.
We want our children to appreciate just how much science is used in everyday life, and how many jobs and vocations involve the use of scientific skills and knowledge.
examples of children's work from ks1 and ks2
- Bird watching for Years 1 and 2
- Fun experiments for Years 2 and 3
- The Human Body (linked to First Aid) for Year 5
- STEM project involving cardboard and K'Nex engineering
- 360 - Good Food Matters allotment - planting, harvesting, cooking and eating food
- R - Morden Hall Park - Minibeasts project
- 1 - Pizza Express - C/C healthy diet
- 2 - Godstone Farm - supporting work on habitats
- 3 - Planetarium - extend their learning on space through visual and specialists' knowledge
- 4 - Kew Gardens - enhancing work on plants
- 4 - Horniman Museum - extending work on classification
- 4, 5 - Annual visits to Trinity High School to experience working in a well equipped science lab.
- 5 - Down House - extend their learning on adaptation, evolution and classification
- 6 - Planetarium - extend their learning on space through visuals and specialists' knowledge
Trip to the Science Museum Summer 2022
Children's comments following their trip to the Science Museum.
Science Week 2022 at Fairchildes - Celebrating 'Growth'