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Science

The curriculum

Science makes an increasing contribution to all aspects of life and is a core subject of the National Curriculum. Children are naturally curious and fascinated by everything around them. The study of science helps them answer their “why” questions and make sense of their world. Our aims are to develop an enjoyment of science, equip our pupils with sound knowledge and enable them to become confident learners who can think creatively, critically and have a desire to solve problems.

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We base our teaching on the 2014 National Curriculum for Science in both key stages. Through this we are able to provide an engaging programme of study to meet the needs of all pupils. The children will develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the three scientific strands – biology, chemistry and physics. Children are taught to work scientifically in all areas of scientific enquiry which include;

 

  • Asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquires to answer them
  • Setting up simple practical enquires, comparative and fair tests
  • Making systematic and careful observations, taking accurate measurements
  • Gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways
  • Recording findings using simple scientific language, drawing, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts and tables.
  • Reporting on findings from enquires, including oral and written explanations
  • Using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions.
  • Identify differences or similarities related to simple scientific ideas and processes
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Enrichment

 

The teaching of the curriculum is enhanced by regular visits and workshops throughout the year and during our yearly science week. These have included;

 

  • Wisley Gardens
  • Mobile Planetarium
  • London Science Museum outreach team
  • Holly Lodge, Richmond Park
  • Kew Gardens
  • The Animal man
  • Discovery Centre, Bracknell
  • Dental Hygienist/ nurse
  • Forensic Science workshop
  • Susan Ramsey and the Richmond Park Nature Collection
  • Mother Nature Science Club
  • Kinetic Theatre company

 

 

In KS1 children are given the opportunity to look after and observe the life cycle of animals such as frogs, butterflies and chickens. This has always been very popular with the children.

 

The school has an active environmental group, the Eco-Stars, who encourage the school community to live as sustainably as possible. They run competitions, check the proper use of resources, such as electricity, and help to run the litter detective programme.

 

The school is well equipped for this subject and makes full use of the garden, wildlife area and vegetable patch. We have several enthusiastic parents who provide sessions for children to plant and maintain the garden from April through to October. During the summer months we sell produce outside school and have in the past used crops to make jam and preserves.

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