At Field House, we recognise the importance of science in providing the foundations for understanding the world. All pupils are taught key knowledge and concepts, are encouraged to explain different processes and supported to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. As one of the core subject, we give the teaching and learning of science the prominence it requires.
Through our topics, we enable the children to experience and observe phenomena and look closely at the natural and human world around them. We encourage them to be curious and ask questions about what they notice. They are helped to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions, including:
- observing changes over a period of time
- noticing patterns
- grouping and classifying things
- carrying out simple tests
- finding things out using different sources of information
We also develop the children's use of simple scientific language to talk about what they have found out and communicate their ideas. This includes reading and spelling scientific vocabulary at a level consistent with their increasing word-reading and spelling knowledge.
Most of the learning about science is done through the use of first-hand practical experiences, with a range of secondary sources, such as books, photographs and videos used to complement.
The progression summary grid below shows how scientific skills, knowledge and understanding develop across the year groups.