Science at Firfield
To enable the acquisition of a more inquisitive, autonomous, scientific approach to learning, here at Firfield, we aim to provide a relevant, practical and memorable foundation upon which to teach. To do this, in Science lessons, we promote the development of useful knowledge, skills and techniques to allow pupils to gain a broader insight into the world around them. Investigations, inquiry and analysis of data are at the heart of our teaching, encouraging independent, active learners.
In nurturing a child’s natural curiosity, pupils are encouraged to develop higher order thinking through both questioning and investigations. We are also keen to develop enthusiasm around the subject through extra-curricular activities such as trips to:
- Twycross Zoo
- National Space Centre
- Farm to Fork
- Sea Life Centre
- Magna Science Adventure Centre
Key Stage One
Throughout a two year program, pupils will explore and investigate plants, animals, materials, seasonal change and living things and their habitats.
They will begin to formulate their own questions and inquiry as well as collecting evidence to enable them to answer scientific questions. Whilst doing this, they will be encouraged to consider similarities and differences, communicating evidence through tables, recordings and drawings.
Key Stage Two
As well as revisiting KS1 topics in more depth, pupils will cover rocks, sound, light, magnets, and forces, Earth and space, electricity and the human body over a 4 year cycle.
Pupils are encouraged to apply their understanding to familiar phenomena. Topics lend themselves to the generation of questions, investigated thoroughly through scientific enquiry.
Findings are recorded by using a wide range of scientific vocabulary, charts, graphs and diagrams.
Cross Curricular Links
At Firfield, each year group will cover 2 science-based topics over the course of the year. As a result, meaningful cross-curricular links are made regularly with Literacy (for example, recording instructions, methodology and justifications) and Numeracy (charts, graphs and analysis of statistics). As well as this, year groups cross Science lessons with PE (the human body), History (inventions through time), Design and Technology (for example, creating our own functioning stomachs and devices fit for electrical circuits) and Music (sound and vibrations).
In doing this, we aim to provide an environment conducive to learning through the promotion of autonomy, inquisitiveness and enthusiasm towards Science.