At Roecroft, we aim to develop children’s natural curiosity; appreciation of the importance of science for understanding the world; and active participation in the acquisition of scientific knowledge, understanding, skills and language. Each year we build on their key skills and knowledge following the Curriculum with a focus on developing their scientific enquiry.
Science is taught weekly across the academic year through a range of disciplines, which covers the areas of biology, chemistry and physics. In our lessons, we encourage children to experience and observe phenomena, looking closely at the natural world around them, making good use of our outdoor learning environment. We encourage the children to be curious and ask questions about what they notice. This helps to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry, working towards them developing the skill of answering their own questions. Science lessons will also include practical investigations including observing changes over a period of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative tests, and finding things out using secondary sources of information. We encourage the use of simple scientific language to talk about what they have found out and communicate their ideas to a range of audiences in a variety of ways, which develops as their knowledge evolves.
Most of our learning in science is taught using first-hand practical experiences. We pride ourselves on being able to offer our pupils a wealth of visits and visitors during their time at Roecroft to enhance their understanding in this area of the curriculum. For example, we have had wildlife visits, visits to the local space centre, wild bird visits, parent scientist workshops and taken part in the ‘borrow the moon’ project. Our science curriculum days provide opportunities for each year group to take part in thought provoking activities. Science lessons will also include the use of appropriate secondary sources, such as books, photographs and videos including Tigtag UK to enrich pupils’ development in this area of study.