By answering scientific questions about the world around them children are best equipped to develop their understanding of the different processes and methods of science. It is felt that experiencing different types of scientific enquiry is the most productive way for children to develop a feeling of excitement and curiosity towards science.
Also if working scientifically is embedded in to all aspects of science children are more likely to experience a broader range of approaches to answering scientific questions.
Within Key Stage 1 we encourage children to have a curiosity about the world around them and ask questions about it. They develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer questions. They use simple scientific language to discuss what they have found out and communicate these findings in a variety of ways.
Children in Year 3 and 4 progress on to broadening their scientific view of the world around them. They beginning to ask their own questions and make some of their own decisions about which scientific enquiry are the best ways to answer them.
In Upper Key Stage 2 (Year 5 and 6), children begin to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas. This is achieved through exploring and talking about their own ideas and analysing their findings more systematically. Children in Key Stage 2 will be presented with more abstract ideas and begin to see how these help to explain how the world operates. They will also discover how scientific ideas change over time. When looking at scientific questions they select the most appropriate way to answer them using different types of scientific enquiry. They then go onto draw conclusions based upon their data. Although we have mixed year group classes, we teach our science to individual year groups. Mr James teaches Year 3, Mrs Peters Year 4, Mrs Possnett Year5 and Miss Reeder teaches Year 6.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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