At Castle Hill we adopt an investigative approach to Science. The children at Castle Hill become science investigators and learn about a wide range of areas, including living things, materials and natural phenomena. The study of science offers the children a systematic way of understanding the world in which they live. Using children’s natural enthusiasm and curiosity, science creates opportunities in which practical investigations can take place. Science is a subject that offers great opportunities for challenge and creative thinking.
We follow the national curriculum programme of study which aims to ensure that all children;
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- 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
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future
Children in Key Stage 1 develop their knowledge about their local area, the United Kingdom and the wider world. Their geographical skills begin to be developed through first hand observations and from this, they begin to use basic vocabulary relating to human and physical geography.
At Castle Hill science is taught as a part of Continuous Provision which encourages investigation and enquiry. This is through a topic-based curriculum. Each unit incorporates many cross-curricular links with Maths, English, Geography, ICT and PSHE.
Each term children study science topics, lessons are planned throughout the school to ensure balance and progression within the context of the National Curriculum. We believe that one of the best ways to teach and learn about science is through a practical nature involving the children in observing, hypothesising and predicting results. Some science classes take place beyond the school walls – at local museums, local parks, nearby study centres and our newly developed outside learning areas.
EYFS, KS1 and KS2 have designated areas where the children can develop their scientific skills and follow their own natural curiosity. These outdoor learning spaces will continue to develop with the help of the children to ensure they offer a place to extend children’s independence within their learning.
Science at Home
Children can learn and develop their scientific skills at home, as well as at school. We encourage children to follow their own scientific curiosity with the support of others at home. Children could conduct their own research and explore nature in their local area. Below are some websites you may find useful:
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