Intent: The purpose of the national curriculum in Science is to encourage children’s natural inquisitiveness and foster a life-long love of learning and science. We recognise science as an integral part of modern life and vital to the world’s future prosperity and as such, strive to deliver a high quality Science provision for our children. Through opportunities for scientific enquiry, children should not only develop their understanding of scientific phenomena but also begin to recognise the power of rational explanation. The scientific method should offer children a new lens with which to critically examine the world around them and provide them with skills that will help them in their life beyond school. We hope that when children leave us at the end of year six they will appreciate how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Implementation: At Kemsing we follow the Kent Scheme of Work, written by Andrew Berry.
Our Science lessons build on skills, vocabulary and knowledge from both the previous lessons and the previous year. (Please see the Progression Documents for further information).
We aim to make science as practical and ‘hands-on’* as we can, where possible, and endeavour to make meaningful links to other areas of our curriculum as well as real- life, giving greater depth to the learning.
Lessons are not just limited to the classroom, we make use of our outdoor area in order to maximise the children’s learning experiences. Our pupils are involved in scientific enquiry at a variety of different levels, both linked to the curriculum and in extra-curricular projects such as Forest School, Science club as well as Science-based assemblies, workshops and competitions. This allows the children to develop the key skills of investigation, problem-solving and team work, empowering children to question the world around them and become scientific thinkers which gives them the understanding the concepts, skills and uses of Science for both today and in the future.