In the Early Years Foundation Stage, activities are planned in relation to the ‘Understanding the World’ area of the foundation stage curriculum. Children’s progress and achievements are assessed against the Early Learning Goals at the end of reception. The activities are planned in a cross curricular way through topic areas, they are child led and designed to captivate their interest. At this stage, children are naturally inquisitive- which is a wonderful platform for engaging them in scientific enquiry. Children spend a lot of time working outdoors, investigating the world around them.
During Key stages 1 and 2, science is taught during specific subject lessons. Wherever possible, links are also made between science and other subjects, particularly literacy, maths, DT and ICT. Activities are planned to cover the relevant key science skills and knowledge for each year group, with emphasis placed on children working practically- conducting scientific enquiry- so that they can make discoveries for themselves. Work is recorded in a variety of ways including the use of drawings, charts, graphs and photographs and shows progress across each year group. Children complete at least 1 science investigation per half term, with an emphasis on assessing science investigatory skills and spend a lot of time outdoors.
By Upper Key Stage 2, children can plan, carry out and then write up their full investigations. They communicate conclusions and carry out repeat tests to check results. At Springfield we encourage children to lead their own enquiries, posing and answering complex questions. Teachers work in collaboration with children to assess progress and plan future investigations.
We are working very closely with the national S.T.E.M centre in York as we were awarded an ‘Intensive Enthuse’ grant due to the work we have conducted to improve science. This has enabled us to offer extensive training for staff, we are also working closely with a S.T.E.M consultant and fostering links with high performing schools in science to share best practice. We were also awarded one of the few ‘Polar explorer’ grants, which gave us not only valuable teaching resources, but a series of visits from a ‘real’ Polar explorer, we gained a grant to support a S.T.E.M day and a loan of Microscopes from the Royal Microscopic Society- all of which helps to build and develop enthusiasm for science as a subject.
We are committed to improving the attainment in science for all children in school ensuring that our children feel enthused by science and aspirational about possible careers in science.