Hello my name is Mrs Webber-Jones and I have the pleasure of leading Science across the school at New Swannington.
In lessons, teachers create a sense of excitement and passion about the subject. Our children thoroughly enjoy their Science lessons, especially practical and investigative work.
Teachers develop pupils’ curiosity, enjoyment, skills and a growing understanding of science knowledge through an approach whereby children raise questions and investigate the world in which they live.
As well as teaching the foundational subject knowledge, we also teach our children key scientific enquiry skills. We encourage children to explain what is occurring, predict how things behave and analyse their findings. We want our children to remember their science lessons in our school, to cherish these memories and embrace the scientific opportunities they are presented with.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, we build the curriculum around the children’s interests and experiences. Children in the early years develop their scientific understanding through the Natural World strand and the characteristics of effective learning.
Within these areas of the curriculum, children learn about scientific principles and methods and discover scientific knowledge for themselves through their own investigations using open-ended resources both inside and in the outside area.
Children are encouraged to make observations and ask questions. They are given opportunities to test out their ideas and to discover their own explanations. They are taught how to look closely at change, patterns, similarities and differences and how to use resources such as information books to find out more.
Children explore different ways of recording their findings such as through drawing, writing, photographs or models.
Science lessons in Key Stage 1 and 2 at New Swannington are taught once a week and include plenty of opportunity for practical investigations. .
To coincide with British Science week, we hold our own Science week. Here, the children have the opportunity to carry out various hands-on investigations and experiments and take part in exciting, interactive activities.
We love to take our Science lessons outside the classroom and we enjoy exploring the natural world around us in our beautiful school grounds and our Forest School area.
We also invite Scientists into our school to share their expertise and knowledge with the children.
If you would like to explore further, here are some useful websites
Free resource of engaging, creative science activities has been designed to spark curiosity, discussion and debate. From video to hands-on activities, it’s easy to get Explorifying!
BBC Bitesize Key Stage 1
BBC Bitesize Key Stage 2
National History Museum. Bringing Science lessons to life!
Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions about the teaching and learning of Science at our school.