Science at Graveney is core to our curriculum as it enables children to learn the vital life skills of enquiry, investigation, problem solving and reasoning. We believe that the teaching and learning of science should stimulate, enthuse and excite children’s natural curiosity about the physical world around them. Science is embedded within our broad curriculum giving children the opportunity to apply their existing knowledge and make links between what they have learnt in various other topics and what they are experiencing. We want the children to recognise the impact that sciences make on their lives, the lives of others and the environment around them.
Our main aims are to ensure all the children are actively engaged in science lessons, encouraging them to ask questions and develop scientific lines of enquiry. We aim to do this by providing a practical approach as often as possible, both inside and outside the classroom, scaffolding the children’s learning to help them discover for themselves. We strive to provide the children with a variety of up to date, organised resources, including ICT, which are available to use within science sessions. Teaching staff provide a learning environment where children are happy to discuss ideas, plan investigations with their peers and share their findings using appropriate scientific language.
Regular assessment of the children’s learning informs teaching so provision can be made for support, repetition and extension of learning for each child, at each level of attainment. Strong links between home and school are encouraged and developed, recognising the importance of parental involvement in their children’s learning.
Miss C Wright
Graveney Primary School’s Key Science Principles:
We are curious and engaged learners
We are eager to learn and ask questions
We have opportunities to carry out our own scientific enquiries and experiments to solve problems.
We are exploring and discovering new things
We are developing and extending our previous learning
We are involved in practical ‘hands on’ investigations both inside and out of the classroom
We follow make links between our experiences and other subject areas
We are explaining our findings using scientific language
We love sharing and celebrating our work within school and our wider community.