Science

Intent
Our vision in science is to encourage curiosity in children so that they ask questions that fuel explorations and investigations about the universe we live in. Throughout the school, science is a practical, interactive, hands-on subject that develops the skills and processes of scientific enquiry, as well as understanding about the concepts being explored. The children systematically build a bank of scientific vocabulary which supports their acquisition of scientific knowledge and enables them to effectively describe and explain the concepts they are learning about. We want the children to be excited and inquisitive about science.
Implementation
At Cross Farm Infant Academy, we teach the EYFS framework and the National curriculum, however we do not confine ourselves to these boundaries. Science is taught using an enquiry approach and the children are encouraged to pose and investigate their own scientific questions. At Cross Farm, we are passionate about learning and often go beyond the suggested programmes of study to follow children’s interests and to respond to local, national and global issues. At Cross Farm, we teach science through our themes and topic based curriculum which allows the children to make links between science and the other subjects they are studying. In Reception we facilitate the children’s learning through play based exploration and investigation. Teachers are there to encourage, support developing knowledge, expertly question and guide the children’s learning. In Key Stage 1 the topics are used to generate scientific questions and investigation. The children are encouraged to answer these in different ways by: Observing closely, using simple equipment, performing simple tests, identifying and classifying, using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions and by gathering and recording data to help in answering questions. Throughout the school we make use of the school grounds, the local environment, trips further afield and visitors to the school to further enhance the children’s learning. Children’s learning is encouraged beyond the classroom into free play with resources available to continue their own investigations.
Impact
Our science curriculum ensures that children…
● To develop the ability to observe and find patterns in observation, raise questions, experiment and investigate, reason systematically and logically, solve problems and communicate.
● To develop manipulative skills using scientific equipment and technology.
● To develop the ability to work in a variety of ways including, working together in groups, independently, in partners and as a whole class.
● To develop a deep and lasting interest and to be motivated to study science further, developing their own questions and investigations.
● To be encouraged to raise scientific questions and learn to choose ways to investigate them.

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