At Great Binfields, we believe learning in science is fundamental to understanding the world in which we live. It helps to clarify ideas, to ask questions, to test explanations through measurement and observation, and to use these findings to establish the worth of an idea.
We place a high level of importance on ensuring our pupils are innovative life-long learners in Science.
Our curriculum involves pupils investigating their environment and making sense of it in logical and creative ways. Children at our school learn to choose and use appropriate materials and resources safely. We understand child-led investigations are important to allow children to gain skills in questioning and thinking to further their scientific knowledge. The working scientifically element of the curriculum specifies the understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science for each year group. It has been embedded within the content of biology, chemistry and physics, focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions. We aim to build on their natural curiosity encouraging them to observe, make predictions based on those observations, form a hypothesis, plan and carry out investigations and experiments.
At Great Binfields, we understand that the teaching of science goes beyond the theory. We place high importance on ensuring children are able to work scientifically so they can gain skills that will assist them in all aspects of their life. We believe that children learn best when they are actually doing the science and taking ownership of their experiments.
“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
“Every brilliant experiment, like every great work of art, starts with an act of imagination.” – Jonah Lehrer
We have mapped out the National curriculum objectives across the year groups. We thought about the thematic links to topics and progression of skills whilst doing this
We take part in the nation wide science week every year. This helps to promote the love of science across the school and strengthens science in the curriculum. The children are shown how they can discover science through their own lives and experiences. It is also a chance for the children to consider how science can help us experience more of the world around us.
We believe it is important for the children to see that science is something that occurs in the wider world, and not just in our classrooms. We ask a range of visitors to attend, who have a career in a scientific field, to allow children to understand this. In previous years we have had visits from a range of engineers, Vistacress and bee keepers.
Visitors and out of school links
We are very fortunate at Great Binfields to have many Science opportunities. We have educational links with a local company called AWE, who have run a variety of Science workshops we have taken part in. We also have a variety of visitors come into school who work within many scientific roles. These include health care, engineers and the farming industry (plants). We also have taken part in workshops at Costello, a local Secondary school. All these experiences allow the children to understand how science is part of our every day life.