‘The important thing is to never stop questioning.’
Right from Reception, where children’s ‘understand the world’ area of learning informs their explorative play, the ‘working scientifically’ skills of the national curriculum are embedded within each area of science learning. Children predict, find patterns, classify, make comparisons, design fair tests and research independently to seek answers based on what they've learnt, and these investigations deepen their understanding further. They make connections between curriculum areas, using their statistical understanding from mathematics to gather and interpret data, and applying their scientific understanding to design, technology and geography learning. Children learn, explore and use a wide and technical vocabulary right from the start, which they are taught to use precisely and clearly.
From Year 2, Science is taught weekly at St Nicolas, with children working towards the objectives identified for their year group in the national curriculum. Links are made regularly within their science curriculum, but also across other subject areas, and teachers think carefully when to cover each area of the science curriculum to make these connections more meaningful. For example, children in Year One learn about everyday materials in the Autumn Term, and use this knowledge to pose and solve a Design and Technology problem when choosing the best material for making a kite.