At St Clare's there is a clear vision for science, we place great emphasis on investigative skills in science. It is important that children understand scientific methods and are able to conduct fair tests with accuracy.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage science is experienced through the `knowledge and understanding of the world` area of learning. We aim to create a stimulating environment that encourages children to develop an interest in the environment around them both indoors and outdoors.
In Key Stage 1 we encourage the children to look more closely at the world around them, to become more curious and begin to ask questions. In Key Stage 2 we continue to develop scientific thinking and scientific working..
Throughout both key stages, children learn how to make comparisons and identify similarities and differences; make careful observations and draw conclusions from their observations; make predictions and suggest questions that can be tested; plan and carry out investigations with fair tests; collect evidence and present results and draw conclusions. Our main aim is for the children to explore their curiosities about the wider world.
Children learn about physical processes, life and living processes and materials and their properties.
Knowledge in science is learnt through a combination of experiment based learning, class teaching and using software to explain factual information and test learning.