Science is taught in a practical way at Westmeads in order to excite the children and engage them in their learning.
Science is a part of the ‘Understanding the World’ area of learning in the EYFS. Children are encouraged to explore and investigate, drawing on their own personal experiences and observing closely using their senses.
We aim to equip the children with the following skills:
· Describe and talk about what they see.
· Show curiosity about why things happen and how things work.
· Investigate objects and materials by using all of their senses as appropriate.
· Show curiosity, identify and find out about some features of living things, objects and events they observe.
· To know the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.
· Look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change.
· Ask questions about why things happen and how things work.
These skills ensure the children have a secure foundation in science which is built upon in Key Stage One.
Key Stage One
Through their work in Science our Key Stage One children explore the following topics: ‘Plants’, ‘Animals’, ‘Everyday materials’, ‘Living things and their habitats’ and ‘Seasonal change’.
During Key Stage One, the children observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and phenomena. They begin to work together to collect evidence and are encouraged to ask scientific questions as well as to plan, carry out and evaluate their own experiments. They explain their ideas and communicate them using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables.
Children also have the opportunity to take part in scientific investigations at the beach, take part in ‘Science Week’ activities, work alongside other schools to compare experiment findings and have science related visitors and performances visiting the school.