At Kilham school we know we live in an increasingly scientific and technological age where children need to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes to prepare them for life in the 21st century. We aim to develop in children an interest and curiosity about the world in which they live, and foster in them a respect for the environment.
The aim of our Science teaching is to enable children to:
-Be observant, curious and caring about the environment, see Science as an enjoyable experience and being able to work individually and cooperatively, listening to, and valuing, the opinions of others.
-To be eager to observe, question, hypothesise, plan, measure, construct a fair test, communicate and draw conclusions.
-We want the children to appreciate the nature of Science and the importance of collective evidence, know and understand aspects of biology, chemistry and physics and to know and understand how to work scientifically
Kilham Primary School endeavours to deliver a high quality science education through Understanding The World and the Characteristics of Effective Learning in the EYFS and the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics in Key Stages 1 and 2. Kilham Primary School believes that children should be encouraged to explore diversity and the mysteries of God’s World, that they should develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about the World around them and that children should be equipped with the skills they will need throughout their lives. Our children are encouraged to achieve their full potential through creativity and challenge and will build a body of key scientific knowledge, concepts and specialist vocabulary. Kilham Primary School believes that children learn best through practical experiences; ‘Working Scientifically’, is embedded in our curriculum and focuses on the key features of scientific enquiry.
Science lessons are taught using all areas of the Science program of study from the EYFS to Year 6 and the key features of scientific enquiry. In the EYFS, daily science activities are created for the children along with regular Outdoor Learning sessions contribute the children’s development of foundation skills, concepts and vocabulary. A progression of skills, including, ‘Working Scientifically’, has been mapped for each year group and is used to ensure that children have opportunities to improve their work and progress further. Science week is celebrated each year and the curriculum is enhanced further through a range of educational trips, visitors in and use of our local area.
Through our Science curriculum all our pupils develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding of biology, chemistry and physics. All pupils develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through the different types of scientific enquiry. Outcomes for each child are recorded at the end of a unit of work and regularly throughout the year and analysed for next steps.