Developing a great knowledge and understanding of the world around us is an essential aspect of children’s learning at Witnesham Primary School. Throughout our Science lessons children are encouraged to respond to their curiosity and challenge their understanding of the world, by questioning things that are around them. Science lessons at Witnesham Primary School are fun, engaging and practical, and teachers from reception through to year 6 aim to teach Science through real life experiences whenever possible. Relating learning to children’s everyday lives ensures that children gain a solid understanding of the key concepts.
Our school grounds, nature garden, woodland and pond areas allows the children to gain firsthand experience of the outdoor world. Their learning of topics such as plants, seasonal changes and habitats are supported by outdoor sessions, which allow the children to observe their environment by taking a closer look at nature.
In addition to the practical side of their learning, children are encouraged to understand how Science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse the causes. Children are taught how to collect data from their own observations and measurements, using notes, simple tables and standard units, and they are helped to make decisions about how to record and analyse this data. They learn how to look for changes, patterns, similarities and differences in their data in order to draw simple conclusions and answer questions.
An education in Science provides our children with foundations for understanding the world. Science has changed all of our lives and is vital to the world’s future, therefore we aim to engage and inspire the children to embrace their knowledge and understanding of the world around them.