At FCVS, we aim to provide rich first hand learning experiences to enable children to learn about the world around them as well as an understanding of how science relates to everyday life. Children develop a strong sense of enquiry, investigative problem solving skills and design their own experiments to prove or disprove their own scientific theories.
We cover the National Curriculum Science Objectives which include: Scientific Enquiry, Life Processes and Living Things, Materials and their Properties. We endeavour to link science to Creative curriculum topics where possible. Links are made through science to many other curriculum subjects including Maths, English, History, ICT and Design Technology. Many aspects of the National Curriculum are all embedded in our science teaching.
Children in Early Years follow guidelines for science included in the EYFS 'Understanding the World'. The work is largely exploratory and may involve looking at insects, or watching ice melt.
In Key Stage One,work centres around animals and their habitats, plants and everyday materials. Activities are practical to ensure understanding and children are encouraged to develop the skills of observation, predicting, experimenting, and recording results simply. Much use is made of the outside environment which includes a wooded area. Skills are also developed within Forest School sessions.
In Key Stage Two, we have participated in the Big Science Competition, winning in 2015, and find this an excellent vehicle for children to think outside the box and design experiments which answer Big Questions in science. We have also participated in Science days at local secondary schools to investigate and find solutions to scientific ideas. We strike a balance between practical science investigation and theory, learning outside when possible.