Science teaching at Wootey 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 creative by asking 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.
Most of the learning about science is done through the use of first-hand practical experiences using our fantastic grounds and local area and also through educational visits such as to Marwell Zoo and RHS Garden Wisley. We also invite animal visits to school such as Mill Cottage Farm and respectfully observe the hatching of chicks which always causes a wave of happiness throughout our school.
Children are also taught to read and spell scientific vocabulary at a level consistent with their increasing word reading and spelling knowledge.
Science Statement of Intent
In Early Years we have a Science aspiration that children will grow their own food and eat it.
In Key Stage One children will learn actively by observing changes over time, confidently asking questions, having the curiosity to find things out for themselves, using scientific language, having first hand experiences, exploring our grounds, knowing about similarities and differences, courageously taking part in educational visits and enjoying visitors to our school.
Implementation - Science Overview