At Wybers Wood Academy we aim to provide children with the opportunity to develop their scientific knowledge, skills and attitudes about the world in which we live. We have 5 core principles which we apply to our teaching and learning of science:
- We develop our curiosity through exploring, investigating and experimenting.
- We are not afraid to take risks.
- We ask questions to drive our scientific thinking forward.
- We can discuss and explain our scientific thinking and ideas.
- We have fun with science!
We are following the English National Curriculum for Science. The aims of the national curriculum for science are to ensure that all pupils:
Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them;
Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific strands of biology, chemistry and physics; are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
In key stages 1 and 2, we plan and teach science using the Collins Snap Science resource, where every lesson is based on a question, encouraging enquiry from pupils and building their scientific skills as well as their knowledge.
The programme of study is supplemented by science enquiry days, inventor days and outdoor learning, including visitors and trips. These aim to inspire the children through awe and wonder, to notice and investigate the world around them, and to promote following the sciences as a career path.
Key Stage 1
In Key Stage 1, we encourage children to develop their knowledge and understanding of life processes and living things, materials and their properties and physical processes. Throughout their learning in science, children will work scientifically through making observations, identifying and classifying, performing simple tests, asking questions and using scientific equipment.
Key Stage 2
In Key Stage 2, we encourage children to develop their knowledge and understanding of physics, chemistry and biology. Throughout their learning in science, children will work scientifically through planning different types of scientific enquiry, making predictions and justifying reasons, performing tests using a range of scientific equipment, recording findings using scientific language, reporting and presenting their findings and drawing conclusions.