“It’s so interesting to learn about how things work but also about how we work.” - Lily
“Science is great fun. I really like being able to explore and do experiments.” - Albert
As one of the three core subjects of the National Curriculum, Science is a highly valued subject at Immanuel. We believe that our high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world around them and to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. At our school, we see and experience science everywhere, every day without always realising it and we strive to move children’s learning from an abstract idea or big question into something that is a deeper understanding and something that they can explain – we want to develop the next Brian Cox! At Immanuel we strive to contextualise the children’s learning in Science, so that they are encouraged to understand and relate what they are learning in class to their real lives in order to encourage their growth into effective citizens, ready to play their part in the world and their community.
Science at Immanuel
At Immanuel, we believe science is a very creative subject and that scientific enquiry is at the heart of our science teaching. Through this, we aim to encourage the innate, natural curiosity that children have about themselves and their surroundings. We provide children with the opportunity and tools to develop their own questions and to consider ways of finding out answers, fostering problem solving skills, ownership over their own learning and ultimately a better understanding of scientific concepts. They are encouraged to observe, raise questions, make predictions, experiment and record their findings. This includes developing the ability to examine things systematically, to select and sort information, to understand the features of a fair test and to be able to collect and consider evidence.
Science is taught weekly throughout the school through a variety of topics according to the objectives laid out in the National Curriculum (e.g. Materials, Keeping Healthy, Forces, Electricity, The Earth and Beyond). Work is planned and tailored to each class’ needs using a range of resources. Lesson activities include, amongst other things, practical investigations, observations, exploring the outdoor environment , recording and analysing results and the use of role play and drama to explore concepts. Children are assessed in Science through teacher observations of their work and discussions during lessons.
Science is also promoted though an annual Science Week, a range of Science trips, visitors and workshops and after school clubs . Through all of this, we aim to equip children with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science for both today and for the future.
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