We want our children to develop a natural curiosity of the world around them and to develop their understanding through scientific enquiries.
The teaching of Science at Icknield aims to support the inquisitive nature of our children and equip pupils with the scientific knowledge required to understand the world. We aim to provide a high quality curriculum that promotes the skills required needed for scientific enquiry in order to deepen children’s scientific knowledge.
The Scientific area of learning is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world and with developing skills associated with Science as a process of enquiry. Our teachings develop the natural curiosity of the child, encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence.
Children acquire and develop the key knowledge that has been identified within each unit and across each year group, as well as the application of scientific skills. Our engagement with the local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first hand experiences of the world around them. So much of science lends itself to outdoor learning and so we provide children with opportunities to experience this. Through ‘hands on’ practical lessons our children are encouraged to think about their own understanding of the world, to ask questions and to explore ways in which these questions can be answered through investigation.
Children are taught how to make predictions, plan investigations, keep tests fair, use equipment safely, record results and draw conclusions. We ensure that the ‘Working Scientifically’ skills are built-on and developed throughout children’s time at the school so that they can apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, conducting experiments and explaining concepts confidently.