HUNTERS BAR INFANT SCHOOL
In Foundation Stage, the children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. We teach science in reception classes as an integral part of the topic work covered during the year. The majority of the science work covered within the Foundation stage falls into the Knowledge and Understanding of the World theme. In Foundation stage children have an opportunity to explore science activities independently in the setting both indoors and outdoors. The children often work in small focus groups with an adult to develop their scientific predictions and observational skills. The majority of the work will be oral, encouraging the children to use comparative language and gain an understanding of relevant scientific vocabulary. The children also experience science on their regular park visits and trip to the farm.
At KS1 children develop their knowledge of animals (including humans), plants, everyday materials, living things and their habitats and seasonal change. Working scientifically during years 1 and 2, children observe, explore and ask questions. They work together to collect evidence to help them answer questions and to link this to simple scientific ideas. This may involve performing simple tests and evaluating the results. They are asked to consider whether tests or comparisons are fair. Using reference materials to find out more about scientific ideas the children share ideas and communicate them using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables with the help of computing if it is appropriate. The majority of science topics are taught within the year group’s termly topic areas. These are supported by extra- curricular activities in the school grounds, at our local park, on trips to the Butterfly House in Year 1 and to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Year 2.
Whole school science mornings are organised each half term when children work on a question and feedback their findings to children in other year groups. Sometimes children work together in small mixed year groups on a challenge or they move from classroom to classroom to explore scientific ideas. These sessions often cover a broad range of science activities beyond those identified in the curriculum to develop the children’s ‘Science capital’, that is their exposure and knowledge of science.
We have 6 Science Ambassadors in year 2. The Ambassadors assist teachers and children with science around school, promote science to others, demonstrate in assemblies and meet regularly to carry out simple experiments themselves. Occasionally they attend outreach events such as the Science Ambassador’s Conference at Sheffield Hallam University. This project has been funded by the Ogden Trust, with whom we are working closely as a school and as part of a partnership of local schools.