At Raddlebarn, we believe the teaching of science develops an interest and curiosity in children about the world in which they live, and fosters in them a deeper understanding and sense of respect for the environment and all its phenomena. It is our aim to provide children with the opportunities to explore, record, draw conclusions and become more inquisitive through first hand experiences and other sources of information.
Early Year and Foundation Stage
In EYFS teachers and teaching assistants support children to develop a solid understanding of things occurring around them in their day-to-day lives. Children are encouraged to be creative and inquisitive when exploring, for example, the life cycle of a chicken or participating in activities such as which objects float and sink during water play.
Key Stage One
In Key Stage One children observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and the world around them. They begin to work collaboratively to collect evidence to help them answer questions, such as which materials are waterproof, learn to find patterns, classify and group objects, research using a variety of sources and carry out fair testing.
Key Stage Two
In Key Stage Two children are encouraged to extend the scientific questions that they ask and answer about the world around them and learn to plan science investigations such as the Mentos Geyser Experiment. They encounter more abstract ideas and begin to recognise how these help them to understand and predict how the world operates.
Opportunities extend well beyond the classroom here at Raddlebarn for example, our forest school and gardening club, educational visits to Think Tank – Planetarium, visits from the dentist, science week and healthy schools week. This all helps to ensure that our children view science as an exciting and ever-evolving subject.