At Pennington Infant school the science curriculum is tailored to give children first hand practical and enquiry based science experiences through delivering an inclusive, engaging and inspiring science curriculum. Children will leave Pennington with a range of scientific skills, which will ensure they continue to build on their understanding and knowledge of scientific concepts throughout their lives. We promote a passion for science, which will allow children to be inspired by science in the wider world and develop a questioning approach.
Science learning is structured to build on previous learning throughout the year groups; combining a mixture of discretely taught units and some cross-curricular links. The use of an enquiry based approach, including how to investigate and answer questions provides children with opportunities to work alongside others and show resilience with trial and error. Investigative and enquiry based work encourages children’s independence with choosing equipment, making predictions, testing hypothesis and drawing conclusions. We also acknowledge the importance of fair testing and changing variables which are all skills which can be transferred across other subjects.
Our curriculum aims to give children a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. We actively encourage children to be curious and inquisitive about the world around them and question their understandings. Children develop skills in understanding how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict and analyse causes and develop skills in identifying, describing, grouping, observing, comparing and recording these findings. Science is a time for children to explore their curiosity and build skills around scientific enquiry and learning about life processes and living things.
The overall aim is to ensure that all children within Pennington Infant School receive accessible and high quality science provision which is meaningful and contextualised. There are a variety of science focused school trips including visiting local beaches, Harold Hilliers Arboretum and Beaulieu Outdoor Education Trust, which involve elements of science, such as animals, habitats and tree classification and habitats. We are currently working on further utilising our fantastic school grounds in science to enable children to develop their understanding and connection with the natural world. It is essential that children have opportunities to take learning outside the classroom to understand that science is all around us in our immediate and local environment.