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The children have three 50-minute lessons a week at Key stage 2 (years 3-6). Our school follows the 2014 National Curriculum, with enhancements to suit the school's location.

These include wildlife projects in the wildlife area, a residential trip to a nature reserve and fieldwork in the school's woodland. Every effort is made through the curriculum, to relate the children to the world around them and how it works. The children are taught in a stimulating, hands on environment that encourages curiosity to evolve into understanding. Every year the school celebrates Science with a themed day in the Spring Term and visiting workshops and experts are invited into our school to share their area of expertise with the children. Past Science Day themes have included Birds of Prey, Space and Cool Materials.

Aims of the Science department

  • To broaden their scientific view of the world around them and develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas.
  • Ensure the progressive development of scientific concepts, knowledge and skills.
  • To work scientifically in a range of appropriate contexts and communicate their findings in a scientific report.
  • To develop children’s natural curiosity about themselves and the world they live in.
  • To provide lots of practical investigation opportunities.
  • To build upon the experiences pupils bring to Science and develop them in a wide range of contexts.
  • To encourage pupils to work both independently and as part of a team, and to develop their research skills.

We aim to teach knowledge, skills and understanding through programmes of study relating to these 4 areas:

  • Working Scientifically
  • Life processes and living things
  • Materials and their properties
  • Physical processes

Emphasis is also placed on promoting key skills of: communication, number, ICT, teamwork and investigating. Children are encouraged to use and enjoy the wonderful outdoor learning environment on our doorstep.

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