Our rural landscape which surrounds our village school provides much for the developing scientist to explore! We want to develop children who are curious about what, how and why things happen in the world around them. Science is so much more than remembering key facts and knowledge; skills such as planning an investigation, obtaining and presenting evidence, and evaluating results are taught through the topics we study in school. They will use the vocabulary of a scientist to observe, record, present and explain what they find out. When our children work scientifically, we want them to make sense of the information they discover whether that is through practical demonstrations, experiments or by using secondary sources. We value the questions they ask themselves to develop their understanding and support them to identify where errors in their observations, data presentation or evaluation could lead to misinterpretation. Where possible, we try to make use of local resources such as visiting the River Arrow for pond dipping, our own grounds, liaising with High School science departments or going further afield to science centres in Birmingham or Cardiff.
You can find out more about what we do in science here.
We have created a bespoke two-year curriculum which includes information relevant to our local area. Key questions help us shape our units of work - you can find thesehere.
In Early Years (the Reception year), the curriculum is organised along broad themes. You can see what science looks like in Class 1here.
On our journey through science in school, we need itineraries to help us know where we're going. Each unit of work has one which includes focused objectives for different groups of children, cross-curricular links and our ultimate destination. We help the children by including some keys - questions, vocabulary, ideas - to help them know more and remember more. Click on each class to see the itinerary and keys.