The essence of Science at Ash Green – Stimulate children’s curiosity about the world around them. Develop enquiring minds with a range of investigative skills.
What should we see children doing?
- Asking questions, hypothesising and predicting
- Planning and carrying out a range of investigations – using equipment correctly, and observing and measuring
- Recording data and presenting results in a variety of ways
- Comparing and evaluating results, looking for patterns and drawing conclusions
- Building on previous knowledge and developing their understanding of key scientific concepts
At Ash Green, we believe that teaching and learning in Science should stimulate and excite children’s curiosity about the world around them. It provides first hand experiences and support for children to develop enquiring minds, learning how to question and discuss science through collaboration. Starting from the views already held, children are given the opportunity to have their views challenged, to change their views and ultimately improve their understanding. A planned range of practical experiences set in meaningful contexts helps to develop a range of investigative skills and allows children to take risks and learn from their mistakes, developing them into independent learners.
In May 2019, we were awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark – an award that shows our commitment and work towards continued improvement of the Science teaching and learning across our school.
At Ash Green, we follow the National Curriculum Programme of Study and we also run an after-school Science club and have an annual Science week to raise the profile of Science across school.
We have a Science pupil council, called the Science Squad, who are our champions of Science within school. They gathered pupil and staff voice to create our school values (see below) and work hard to help ensure these values are applied in classrooms.
Pupils helped to create logos for the different types of enquiry:
These logos are displayed in every classroom and used in lessons to ensure that pupils are regularly experiencing all types of enquiry and are able to explain what type of enquiries they are participating in.
We believe that through developing key scientific skills pupils should acquire knowledge and understanding of:
- Life processes and living things
- Materials and their properties
- Physical processes
In addition, Science provides the opportunity for children to develop the following cross-curricular skills:
- Communication in a variety of contexts through promoting the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. (research skills)
- Application of number through the use of weights and measures, handling data, estimating and predicting
- Use of ICT to measure, record, present and interpret data where appropriate
- Working co-operatively with others
- Problem solving
- Independent individual thinking as they follow a line of enquiry
If you would like more information about our curriculum, get in touch with your child’s class teacher.