We believe that it is important for young children to meet Science ideas through direct experience and relate them to their everyday life experiences. Children learn more quickly through handling objects and talking about concepts before they are asked to represent or record ideas.
Opportunities to acquire knowledge, skills and understanding are planned through topics, as are opportunities to apply these and work scientifically in investigative activities.
Children learn about plants, animals, including humans, everyday materials and seasonal change. In Year 2 they also learn about living things and habitats.
All children are taught Science through topics.
Children learn to observe, measure, record data and ideas, ask questions and look for ways to answer them, identify, classify perform simple tests. They also learn to recognize, name, label and describe and categorise familiar objects, including plants and animals.
There are many cross-curricular opportunities to explore scientific concepts. These include using sorting, classifying and measuring in mathematics or technology, exploring patterns and symmetry in art. Such opportunities to revisit concepts are fully exploited as it gives meaningful contexts within which scientific ideas can be reinforced or practised.