At Whytemead, we promote interest and curiosity in science by providing an exciting, supportive environment; experiences that stimulate and support children to develop inquisitive minds. Children are encouraged to ask questions about our world and are supported to find answers, in a variety of ways, through investigation and enquiry. Building upon their previous experiences, knowledge and understanding children develop a range of scientific methods, processes and skills that support them in understanding and appreciating the world around them. Children are given the opportunity to have their views challenged, to change their views and ultimately improve their understanding. A planned range of practical experiences set in meaningful contexts, supports children to develop a range of investigative skills.
Through collaboration and investigation children learn how to question and discuss science. Learning is promoted through a thematic approach and provides many opportunities for children to ask questions, observe closely, use scientific equipment, perform simpe tests, gather and record data and interpret and analyse their results.
Our Science Policy follows The National Curriculum 2014 for Science Guidelines and aims to ensure that all pupils:
develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics;
develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them;
are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.