recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. We offer a curriculum that evokes curiosity and excitement in children about the world around them and encourages them to care for and respect living things and their environment right from the Early Years and into Key Stage One. Following good practice, we use stories, rhymes, songs and oral rehearsal as ways to promote positive learning experiences for the children within our school.
We believe science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes that are gained over a period of time during a child’s education. Therefore, the curriculum is planned to ensure progression within these aspects and allow them to be embedded within their long term memory. Subject specific vocabulary is taught and built upon throughout each year to ensure accurate conceptual understanding and application within Scientific areas of enquiry.
We recognise that children learn through enquiry-based learning, therefore, Science is structured to allow first hand experiences guided and scaffolded by Teachers. Science experiences take place not only in the classroom, but through activities at Forest School with our experienced staff who plan sessions in detail that include scientific knowledge and skills. Teachers also arrange field trips within the local area to enhance and build upon children’s learning and provide cultural capital.
At Priory Park Infant School our children achieve their full potential in science and marvel at the awe and wonder of science within every aspect of our daily lives. We recognise the value of learning experiences beyond the classroom, particularly in the outdoors and this enables the children to be inquisitive and relate to the world around them.
The children are able recall the rich learning experiences they have been provided with and know that each new taught concept provides a new, or builds on an existing, learning block. Our children are able to think critically, ask questions and apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired in a range of situations.