At Walsh Memorial CE Infant School, we have created a vision for the teaching of Science at our school.
At Walsh Memorial CE Infant School, we teach Science so the children learn to foster a curiosity for exploration of the world. We strive for the children to develop their ideas and ways of working that will enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through questioning, discussion and practical investigation. We develop pupils’ enjoyment and interest in Science and build on their enthusiasm, encouraging children to ask questions about what they notice and to treat the living and non-living environment with respect and sensitivity.
At Walsh Memorial CE Infant School, Science is taught following the aims and content of the Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance and the National Curriculum Science programmes of study: Key Stage 1. It is taught through cross-curricular topics in EYFS and discrete Science units in KS1. Our Science teaching provides children with first-hand experiences and opportunities to work scientifically in order to develop their scientific understanding. The children are encouraged 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 comparative tests, and finding things out, using for example, books, websites, photographs and videos. We encourage our children to use specific scientific vocabulary to talk about what they have found out and communicate and record their ideas and findings in a variety of ways.
We use both our indoor and outdoor environment to support the teaching and learning of Science. Where possible, lessons are taught through the use of first-hand practical experiences using our school grounds and also through educational visits. We also invite visitors such as the petting farm to enhance the classroom learning.
Our children will develop a real sense of awe and wonder about the world they live in. They will have a good understanding of key scientific concepts and investigative skills and be able to communicate their ideas using scientific vocabulary.
|Autumn||Weather and the Seasons||Autumn Day||Ourselves and our bodies and our senses|
|Spring||Winter Celebration Day||Materials – investigating and sorting materials; what materials are used for.||Spring Celebration Day||Plants
Recognising British Plants
|Summer||Plants||Animals grouping, classifying
School visit to Alice Holt (habitat, camouflage).
|Summer Celebration Day|
|Autumn||Plants and Animals in the Local Environment – linked to survival||Habitats Abroad – how animals are adapted to their habitat.
Jungle, desert, polar, savannah
|Spring||Healthy Living and Growth||Plants|
|Summer||Materials – describing properties, naming & properties of materials.||Using Materials – choosing materials for different purposes based on their properties.|