Hillborough Infant and Nursery School provides a Science curriculum that is embedded through our creative topics. Teachers encourage pupil’s natural curiosity for exploration, through purposeful practical Science. We aim to nurture scientific enquiry skills that are not only a key aspect of the Science curriculum, but essential skills for learning across the curriculum. This also supports pupils in understanding of one of our curriculum drivers, ‘Opportunities’.
At Hillborough Infant and Nursery School we impart Science knowledge and explore rich scientific vocabulary by exploring exciting topic based learning questions. We aim to encourage enquiry and broaden pupil’s curiosity for learning. The learning questions guide pupils’ scientific curiosities and allows teachers to build the necessary science skills required for exploratory Science.
Science at Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
In the early years’ pupils will explore the world around them. They will be encouraged to investigate questions they have about what they observe and use appropriate scientific language to explain what they find out. Pupils will be provided with exciting opportunities to observe natural and man-made phenomena. For example, when learning about life cycles of living things, pupils will witness first-hand the life cycle of ducks hatching and can explore how animals and humans change as they grow.
Teachers in the Early Years aim to build a foundation of skills required to broaden pupil’s scientific thinking. Pupils will be encouraged to use exploratory skills by introducing scientific equipment through play-based activities, for example using magnifying glasses to observe fruit and vegetables and for extracting seeds for planting.
Science at Key Stage One (KS1)
Building on the enquiry skills learnt in EYFS, KS1 pupils are encouraged to broaden their scientific view of the world around them. This is prompted by motivating learning questions that guide pupils’ scientific thoughts about the world we live in. Opportunities for enquiry is rooted in cross curricular activities and challenges. Pupils recently explored recyclable materials and created a repurposed product of their own creation to be sold at a WOW event held at our school.
Pupils are encouraged to be curious and are helped to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions. They are taught about grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative tests and observing changes over time. Pupils are exposed to a rich scientific vocabulary and are encouraged to use this language to communicate what they have found not just verbally, but in written form. Last term, Year Two created an e-book about plant life cycles.
At Hillborough Infant and Nursery School, we hope that the experiences pupils’ receive in science leaves them science enquiry skills that will be the foundation of their science education, as well as memories of exciting science investigations that they will remember for life!