At Billesley Primary School, we follow the National Statutory Framework for EYFS and the National Curriculum for years one - six. We teach the knowledge, skills and understanding detailed in these documents through the three disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. As children progress through the school, so does their confidence and knowledge of how to work scientifically. The main focus is that of developing scientific enquiry skills, which are taught throughout each of the contexts. This enables the children to develop their investigative skills of observing, questioning, fair testing, predicting, measuring, recording, analysing and concluding in a variety of situations.
Alongside this, through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes with an emphasis on a respect for evidence.
Emphasis is also placed on practical science work to facilitate each child’s learning, as this creates excitement for learning and encourages first-hand experience, confident and safe use of equipment and resources, co-operation, enquiring minds, the enjoyment of discovering surprising results and the development of investigative skills.
Throughout the year, the school enjoys acknowledging scientific achievements, observing natural events, global issues and taking part in National Science Week. During this week, we have a whole- school theme which is intended to promote the enjoyment and knowledge of science; activities, collaborative projects, visiting scientists and guest artists are invited to help create an inspiring, inclusive and immersive approach to learning.
Through our continuing emphasis on the importance of science, both in school and around the world, our children develop a clearer understanding of how science influences and changes their lives and how it is vital to the world’s future prosperity.