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Science at The White House School

Children are usually curious about the environment in which they live. Science is a way of working which allows them, through practical first hand experiences and secondary sources, to develop their knowledge and understanding of their world. These experiences should allow them to observe, investigate, make sense of and communicate their findings.

 

At The White House School we aim to:

· develop the natural curiosity of children about the world around them

· develop questioning and enquiring minds through a range of enjoyable and interesting experiences

· help children develop the skills to make systematic enquiries and develop logical ways of working

· provide opportunities for children to apply skills and knowledge to the solving of practical problems

· enable children to develop an increasing attention to accuracy

· foster a positive attitude to science and increase understanding of how science is used in the wider world

· provide a range of relevant experiences in the key areas of Scientific Enquiry, Life Processes & Living Things, Materials and their Properties and Physical Processes through a variety of teaching and learning strategies

· work safely and carefully

· develop the accurate use of scientific vocabulary

 

We assist the children by:

· implementing dedicated, discrete Science sessions concentrating on the teaching of Science

· ensuring that each lesson has a practical element [whole class, group or individual activity], progressing systematically

· employing whole class, group and individually differentiated teaching strategies as appropriate

· offering children with special educational needs a differentiated programme of study according to individual needs and abilities identified in individual education plans, including those on the More Able & Talented Register

· linking with other curriculum areas where appropriate

· using homework to support curriculum work

· informing parents through informal consultations, written reports, Parents’ Evenings etc.

· assessing learning on a regular basis and using this assessment to inform future teaching and learning

· running a Science Club to develop practical skills, inventiveness, interest and enjoyment

· taking advantage of external science workshops

· using ICT

· carrying out fieldwork investigations

 

Children are encouraged to develop the skills of

    • exploring and observing at first hand, using all their senses
    • raising questions
    • planning investigations
    • predicting
    • formulating hypotheses
    • problem solving
    • evaluating
    • estimating
    • accurate measuring
    • communicating scientific ideas orally, in writing and diagrammatically
    • collecting data
    • interpreting scientific data
    • fair testing
    • explaining using scientific knowledge
    • explaining using correct terminology
    • sorting and ordering
    • drawing conclusions
    • researching independently

 

At the Foundation Stage children learn about Science through activities linked to Understanding the World e.g. floating/sinking, baking, growing vegetables, using friction boards etc..

 

Safety

It is important that children are taught to observe the rules of safety when carrying out experiments and investigations. We ensure that materials and equipment are handled sensibly. Teachers and Teaching Assistants know that The White House School has adopted as its Science Safety Policy the document published by the Association for Science Education, ‘Be Safe’.

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