Science

It is our aim to provide a science curriculum that fosters curiosity as well as developing skills and understanding. In both Key Stages 1 and 2 children will be encouraged to ask questions and offer possible answers or solutions which can then be explored though research, careful observations or testing.

In line with the 2014 curriculum we will develop an understanding of the nature and processes if science through:

  • Observation over time
  • Pattern Seeking
  • Identification and classification
  • Comparative and fair testing.

We are extremely fortunate to have such a variety of plants and wildlife in our school grounds and environment and we regularly take the children on local walks. There is decking by the school pond so that the children can enjoy pond dipping.

In recent years we have also been on a number of visits to support our work in science including:

  • Jacky Bird Orchard
  • Kingcombe Nature Reserve
  • Ham Wall (RSPB reserve)
  • Brownsea island (Dorset wildlife Trust)
  • Hinkley Point Power Station
  • Lulworthcove

Our planning includes the integration of computer skills and the use of data loggers.

In Key Stage 2 children will be encouraged to look at how scientific ideas change over time and the impact new discoveries have on the environment and society.

Forest School Gardening Club and Imagineering Club all help to develop understanding as well as improving confidence and competence with practical tasks

(For more information see ‘Activities and Clubs’)