Science is all around us!
Science teaching at Heather Ridge Infant School enables pupils to experience and observe phenomena, looking more closely at the natural and humanly-constructed world around them.
The children are encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice.
They are helped to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions, including observing changes over a period of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative tests, and finding things out using for example, books, photographs and videos.
They begin to use 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.
At Heather Ridge Infant School, we believe that scientific investigation is one of the most powerful ways to learn; developing curiosity and perseverance as well as challenging what we know about the world. We aim to make science as practical as possible, linking it to real life contexts and giving a meaning to our learning. We believe in inspiring all to achieve.
Science lessons are open ended and practical in nature, allowing children to use a wide range of resources to lead the learning and make their own discoveries. Lessons aren’t just limited to the classroom... we make use of our incredible outdoor facilities including the woodlands, pond, field and playground in order to maximise the children's learning experiences. This allows children to develop the key skills of investigation, problem solving and team work; empowering children to question the world around them and become scientific thinkers. Teachers have the freedom to provide opportunities for children to immerse themselves in science through visits, trips, investigations, outdoor learning and whole school science weeks.
The National Curriculum provides a structure and skills progression for the Science curriculum taught throughout the school, which is linked, where possible, to the theme topics providing a creative scheme of work, which reflects a balanced programme of study.