Science is truly celebrated at Our Lady of Hartley. Our intent for science is for our children to develop, enhance and encourage questions, curiosity and understanding of the scientific world. The foundational understanding of key scientific knowledge is taught through inspiring, hands on lessons and the children are encourage to work collaboratively, using accurate scientific vocabulary.
Children are also exposed to STEM opportunities which allows children to make links to the real world and gives context to children which allows them to have a sense of purpose when engaged in their work.
Science in the Early Years
In Early Years, children engage in scientific activities through their study and acquirement of Understanding the World (UW). Reception pupils follow the Early Years Curriculum for UW and are assessed initially against Development Matters criteria, moving to the Early Years Profile towards the end of their Reception year. Within the curriculum, the following targets relate to Science through Understanding the World:
All of these skills and areas of learning are developed further through the year 1 curriculum.
Science is one of the most easily taught subjects across the different curriculums. From using data loggers in ICT to record sound, creating shadow puppet theatres in Art and D&T to writing creatively about observations they have made. Below you will find more examples of how Science is taught in a cross curricular way across both Key Stages:
Data handling and statistics: Measuring accurately, collecting and recording data and representing through the use of bar charts, tallies and graphs. Children also use skills and understanding of percentages, fractions and calculation within science lessons.
Writing recounts, detailed observations, descriptions and instructions when undertaking investigations. Children also have the opportunity to apply new vocabulary learned through science lessons to their writing.
Design and Technology
Science is at the heart of DT, enabling children to further their understanding of many areas of science. For example:
Sketching, modelling and accurate drawings are often used during many science lessons. This enables children to develop these skills using various artistic mediums.
Computing knowledge and skills can be applied to Science work, providing real life opportunities to put skills to practical use.
Scientific explanations for life cycles of mammals, understanding changes in our body and keeping our bodies fit and healthy