At Hadley Wood we want to foster a healthy curiosity in children about our universe and the world around them. We believe science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. We aim to create passionate scientists who appreciate the value of science in the wider world and the potential it can offer for the future of the universe.
We ensure that the ‘Working Scientifically’ skills are built-on and developed throughout children’s time at our school so that they can apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, carrying out practical investigations and explaining concepts confidently whilst continuing to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings. We achieve this through the ‘Science Ninja approach to learning’ whereby children are rewarded for demonstrating and improving their practical science skills during science activities and investigations.
The Big Question
In line with other wider curriculum areas, we use ‘The Big Question’ approach to teaching and learning in science to guide the core content of our lessons and establish a curriculum which is designed with progression, achievement and experience as its core whilst consciously balancing skills and knowledge. As children move through the school the skills and knowledge they acquire are revisited, consolidated and built upon, in order for the children to have the opportunity to achieve in all scientific concepts. For example, the topic of light is taught in Year 3 and the concepts are consolidated and built upon in Year 6.
We use the SNAP Science resource as the basis for our curriculum which we have adapted to meet the needs of our cohort. SNAP Science provides a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum, with progression in teaching and learning across all key stages. Within lessons, children use a range of resources to develop knowledge and understanding that is integral to their learning and development.
We want each of our children to be prepared to enter secondary school and beyond confident in their scientific understanding, equipped with the skills and curiosity to extend their learning in Science and for them to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.