Science

Science Policy (PDF)

Science is about children developing a sense of enquiry and extending their knowledge and understanding of the world around them.  At Purston Infant School, we use a range of teaching methods in science lessons, to ensure that children are given the opportunity to extend and develop their scientific learning through hands on, practical and fun activities.  We challenge children to work as scientists, planning and undertaking practical investigations as part of a group or individually.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, activities are planned around the “Understanding the World” area of the Foundation stage curriculum.  We dedicate two focused sessions a week to the area, where children are taught/directed by the teachers.  Children are then given the chance to extend their learning through provision areas that are planned in a cross curricular way relating to specific topics that are interesting and enjoyable.

In Key Stage 1, science is taught as both discrete sessions one morning a week and through cross curricular topics. Many activities are planned to cover the relevant key skills and knowledge for each year group but also having links to other subjects wherever possible; particularly literacy, maths, DT and ICT.

We challenge children to work practically so they are able to make discoveries for themselves.  We record work in various different ways, including, drawings, charts, graphs, photographs, labelling and describing/explaining.  All children in KS1 are expected to complete at least 1 science investigation per half term.  The work the children produce both in taught sessions, investigations and through continuous provision activities all contribute towards assessing a child towards the expected level in the National Curriculum.

Science content can be accessed from; www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/425618/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_Science.pdf