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Through learning in science (EYFS Understanding the World) we aim to foster a healthy curiosity in children about our universe and the world around them. We believe science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and the development positive attitudes. We aim to create passionate scientists who appreciate the value of science in the wider world and the potential it can offer for the future.

We believe in:
• building on what pupils already know and inspiring them ask high quality questions to further their curiosity
• all children having access to active, well resourced, pupil centred learning opportunities which will engage and encourage future aspirations
• the success for every child and that learning is meaningful to all
• the development of child independent learning and effective, quality feedback

The National Curriculum and the Early Years Framework define our science curriculum. We have chosen to follow the Herts for Learning Scheme of Work to support curriculum coverage in Ks1 &2. However we adapted our plans and teaching to encompass high quality examples from others e.g.: The National Stem Learning Centre.

As part of the Long Term Plan, year groups are allocated science topics to ensure that children cover all aspects of science as they progress through the school. Ideas for planning are adapted by class teachers to meet the needs of our pupils.
We aim for all children to:
• 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 develop knowledge and understanding of important scientific ideas, processes and skills and relate these to everyday experiences;
• equip children with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
• to develop attitudes of curiosity, originality, co-operation, perseverance, open mindedness, self-criticism, responsibility and independence in thinking;
• learn about ways of thinking and of finding out about and communicating ideas;
• retain and develop their natural sense of curiosity about the world around them;
• ask and answer scientific questions;
• develop the accurate use of scientific vocabulary through a range of enjoyable and interesting experiences;
• develop the skills to make systematic enquiries.

How we plan for and teach Science
Science is taught explicitly through a weekly session. The emphasis in Science at Dewhurst St Mary is not solely on knowledge; the development of ways children may investigate and solve problems scientifically; predicting, using results and data from tests, drawing conclusions and making links across themes is a priority.

We ensure that the ‘Working Scientifically’ skills are built-on and developed throughout children’s time at our school so that they can apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, carrying out practical investigations and explaining concepts confidently whilst continuing to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings.

We make children aware of environmental issues and encourage them to make their school more environmentally friendly, tackling areas such as energy saving, recycling and wildlife habitats.

Our Science learning is enhanced further through Science weeks.  These  are extremely practical and you may find your child’s class teacher eager for some additional hands on support!