Science Vision Statement
At Hook Infant School our vision is to give children a science curriculum which enables them to explore and discover the world around them so that they have a deeper understanding of the world we live in.
Our aim for our children is to be provided with both stimulating and joyful experiences that will enable them to make progress on their creative ideas, exploration skills and their curiosity and joy of finding out unknown answers. To achieve this, we ensure our teaching involves exciting, practical hands on experiences that further encourage that curiosity and questioning. Our goal is that these thought-provoking experiences help children build on their prior knowledge and secure and extend their scientific knowledge and vocabulary.
We believe that these opportunities will ensure that our children are confident, life-long learners who will always want to seek and explore the world around them.
The EYFS learning goals and KS1 curriculum fosters a healthy curiosity in children about our universe and promotes respect for the living and non-living, which ties in well with our school values. We build on our ‘Working Scientifically Key Skills’ within each year group so they are always prepared and can apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, conducting experiments, building discussions and explaining their ideas. We also intend and promote for the children to continue to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings. At Hook Infant School, we encourage the children to be inquisitive throughout their time at the school and beyond.
The Strategies we put in place to allow pupils to show their deeper understanding of key scientific ideas include;
- Weekly Trailblazer outdoor learning sessions
- Family group sessions – Tree Watch
- Mind maps
- Annotated drawings
- Planning their own investigations
- Investigations where the answer is not already known
- Conclusions and the development of further questions
Through its practical nature our science curriculum is inclusive and we ensure pupils of all abilities can access a range of teaching styles and activities to further extend their learning. The scientific processes and terminology are progressive and consistent from Reception through to Year 2. It is evident throughout our school through work sampling, displays, learning walks, assemblies and guest speakers that our children are becoming increasingly aware of their environment and the importance of natural science.