Science teaching at Sythwood Primary and Nursery School aims to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them, combined with specific skills, vocabulary and knowledge to encourage them to think scientifically. They will gain an understanding of scientific processes, develop their understanding of the use of science and have a good foundation for studying science at KS3 and beyond.
Each topic has an element of scientific enquiry skills and these skills are revisited in each scientific topic taught. By teaching content more than once, and in more detail, children can build on their prior knowledge and embed their procedural knowledge into long-term memory.
All children are encouraged to develop their observation skills, understand how to plan investigations and question the world around them. They are often provided with a question and then have the opportunity to develop their independence when deciding how to answer the question. Children learn the correct scientific vocabulary, develop effective questioning and learn in a practical way. New concepts are linked to scientific enquiry so that children use a variety of approaches to answer scientific questions.
Carefully mapped porgression documents allow teacher to make cross curricular links to enable children to revisit key content and thus are more likely to remember. First hand experiences will form a key part of their scientific learning and there will also be opportunities to learn about careers available in science.