At Fielding we provide our pupils with varied opportunities, which build on their curiosity and nurture their passion for science through a broad, rich curriculum that allows them to explore and discover in order to develop a deeper understanding of the world we live in. Our Golden Threads of Good Health, Innovation, Climate and Sustainability weave through the Science (Years 1-6) and Understanding the World (EYFS) curriculums, By allowing pupils to engage in practical experiences that encourage exploration and investigation, our children are taught the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. Through real-life experiences and contexts, our pupils develop an understanding of the wider world around them and an appreciation for their responsibility towards their community and wider environment, underpinning our philosophy as a Values based school.
In addition to discrete weekly lessons, science is interwoven into the curriculum so that children use their scientific skills on a daily basis. The Collins Snap Science scheme of learning ensures that each unit is taught through a hands-on, inquiry based approach, which aims to develop their scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding. This comprehensive programme ensures fun, creative lessons that link to the new curriculum and engage and challenge all learners. For further information on the scheme visit Snap Science – Collins.
Through developing their working scientifically skills, pupils understand the nature, processes and methods used within science and be able to apply these in order to answer scientific questions using a range of approaches. From Early Years through to key stage 1, pupils develop their scientific understanding through experiencing and observing phenomena and events and being encouraged to ask questions and challenge what they notice. This includes exploring what plants need to grow and how trees within the local area change over the year to explore the concept of change over the seasons.
Entering into lower key stage 2, children begin to broaden their scientific view of the world around them through testing and developing ideas about nature and the relationship between living things and the environment, such as questioning how rocks are formed and investigating how changing environments can affect habitats. By this stage, pupils set up practical enquiries, considering comparative fair testing and using scientific evidence to support their findings.
By upper key stage 2, the focus is on a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas and recognising how more abstract ideas change and develop over time, such as changes within ecosystems, animal development and how humans change due to evolution and inheritance. By this point, children are using a range of scientific data and observational evidence to justify their findings.
Through encouraging our pupils to experiment, reflect, ask questions and take risks within a safe environment, we aim to develop their core scientific skills and equip them for the ever-changing world around them. Our vision is for all pupils to feel challenged and stimulated by their experiences in order to become confident, life-long scientific learners.
Our science lessons are further enhanced by hands on practical learning in our kitchen garden. Each year group has one morning or afternoon in the kitchen garden each term. Here they work with our resident gardener to learn about plants and life cycles through planting & harvesting crops, observing pond life, and looking after feeding our chickens.
Find out more here: Kitchen Garden