Our whole school termly Learning Expeditions closely link with scientific areas, enabling children to develop and extend their scientific knowledge and understanding within an enthralling cross-curricular context, often accompanied by exciting visits to enhance children’s experiences. This allows a more meaningful and in depth study of scientific concepts in a range of learning contexts, and often involve mini research projects, including finding out about key scientists. Children in all year groups are encouraged to develop their understanding by exploring and investigating.
Our pupils acquire the basic skills of Science such as selecting and using equipment, observing and measuring accurately and recording information correctly. They should be able to reflect on the activities, draw conclusions and begin to relate them to scientific knowledge and understanding.
The use of ICT is integrated into all aspects of science, from collecting data, recording observations, capturing children’s ideas using cameras and I-pads, using digital magnifiers and microscopes, researching using selected websites or writing up investigations using a word-processing or data-handling package.
Our outdoor learning sessions greatly enhance and extend our scientific learning throughout the year, and enable children of all ages to practically experience scientific concepts in real-life and imaginative contexts.