Science is a valued part of the curriculum at Manor Infant School. A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world. All pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up an understanding of the key scientific ideas and concepts, pupils are taught to use rational explanation and encouraged to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. Children work scientifically to explain their observations, to make predictions and analyse causes.
Our intent is built on the passion for the wonder and magic of early childhood. We believe every child has the right to play, to be collaborators in learning, to dream BIG and be UNIQUE! Manor Infant school is inspired by our school values in recognising through a ‘love of life and our world’ how every child brings with them a deep curiosity and potential and this innate curiosity drives their interest to understand the world and their place within it.
Science is a core part of the curriculum, interlinked through other foundation subjects and the outdoor world. In Key Stage 1 we teach science with a clear focus on progression of skills between the year groups, developing children’s curiosity and using prior learning to create further learning opportunities within science. Our curriculum is designed to create memorable moments and sticky knowledge, which will remain in children’s memories. This will be through a variety of carefully planned activities for the children of hooks and questions to excite and engage our children. In Early Years, Understanding the World, the children have opportunities to explore their world using the seasons to underpin their experiences and learning, by following their interests and having real life experiences in their learning environments, both inside and outside. The important foundations of science and the awe and wonder that comes with it are laid down in the Early Years and are used as a basis for building onto in Key Stage 1. Children are taught scientific enquiry early on to ask questions, to make observations about what they can see and do, observing changes over a period of time, noticing patterns and making links as well as grouping and classifying things.
At Manor Infant School, our vision is that: children will become curious, creative and critical scientific thinkers who are able to explore and understand the world with a sound scientific knowledge and vocabulary.
I have put together some Science home learning activities for you to try in addition to some great websites to look at.
If you complete any science at home please send a picture to your teacher via your class blog on Purple Mash (from Monday 27th April) and ask them to send it to me! (Please – no surnames or child’s faces for privacy). I can then put some on the science page to share.
Remember to always ask an adult before attempting any experiments J
Keep well, keep safe and keep smiling!
Mrs Reed x