At St John's Church of England Infants' School, we strive to enable children to build on their natural curiosity and to shape it into scientific enquiry. We nurture inquisitive minds to go from wondering ‘what if?’ to ‘lets find out’. Science is a hands on subject where each lesson provides new avenues for children to explore. Our children observe and ask questions with intrigue and excitement. We scaffold learning and skills so that children develop their understanding of the world around them with a critical eye, as well as building the confidence needed to carry out their own experiments. Children explore, collect evidence and test their own hypotheses. Science is about asking good questions, suggesting possible explanations, and then testing them to see if they make sense, and there is no one more naturally equipped to do this than children.
Our school delivers the National Curriculum objectives through hands on, practical lessons with ‘working scientifically’ at its core. We learn about plants, animals, habitats, changing seasons and much more. We expect all of our children to be able to use the correct vocabulary for each topic and to remember it long after the topic is over. We plan for high level vocabulary that is suitable yet challenging for our children. Children are given many opportunities to carry out practical observations within our local area. Children will plan, carry out and evaluate experiments and observations throughout their time here and by the end of Year 2 we expect that they are able to do this independently with confidence.