At Fleet, there is a shared belief that every child is naturally inquisitive and we aim to nurture and extend that curiosity through inspiring teaching and learning of science. Learning takes place through practical work, observation, questioning, problem solving and discussion.
We encourage children to ask questions and to seek out the answers and to then test their findings.
We aim to equip children with the scientific knowledge and skills needed for today and for the future.
In the Early Years, children are consistently making sense of the world around them. Through high quality questioning, teachers guide children to make observations, notice changes and share their understanding. The outdoor learning areas in both Nursery and Reception are utilised as prime learning areas for scientific discovery.
Science is taught on a regular weekly basis. Where possible, teachers make cross curricular links with topics and one topic each year will have a specific science focus. When a unit does not relate to the topic, science is taught separately.
In Key Stage 1 units covered include; plants, animals, materials and seasonal change. Throughout these units, the children perform simple tests, make observations, identify and classify, ask questions and suggest answers. They begin to record their learning and evidence of this is gathered in different ways, such as photographs, voice recordings and work in books.
As well as building on the units; living things, animals and materials, children in Key Stage 2 learn about rocks, light, sounds, electricity, earth and space, forces and evolution.
The children work scientifically with a high expectation of them approaching problems systematically, carefully and accurately as well as developing other skills. Findings are presented in a range of different ways including, graphs, conclusions and explanations.