Our Intent-What we want to develop and deliver
- To develop a range of scientific thinking skills and knowledge
- To develop a range of practical scientific methods and processes.
- To create a confidence in exploring the world around us and how it works.
- To be able to raise own questions and recognise the various ways they can be answered.
- To make observations and explain to others why things occur.
- To be able to choose and use various types of scientific enquiry and equipment.
Implementation-How we will develop and deliver
- Cross curricular approach and Challenge Charts
- First hand experiences (trips and visitors)
- Quality books/resources/materials and online resources
- Awe and wonder opportunities: problem solving, element of surprise, looking closely at natural objects and living things
- Opportunities to explore concepts for themselves through continuous provision approach
- Encouragement to share observations, theories and predictions and to ask own questions: Wondering Walls, and to seek answers (research skills taught). To hypothesise and make links with existing knowledge, drawing on personal experience within and beyond the classroom.
- Outdoor learning in EYFS, Garden and Grotto and Forest School.
- Incredible Eggs is an annual whole school experience from egg to chick.
- Wisley Gardens whole school trip provides plenty of scientific learning opportunities e.g leaf comparisons, tree ID, seed planting, plant structure, plant habitats, plant adaptations
- Collective worship provides opportunities to reflect and wonder about the natural world and how we fit within in (opportunities for awe, wonder and reflection)
- Eco Therapy sessions outside to explore the natural world whilst addressing the physicality of emotional release.
Impact-How we know we have developed and delivered
- Our children will be ready for next stage in educational journey
- Curiosity to explore, challenge and wonder about scientific content and processes
- Research and investigation, both adult led and child led
- Questioning skills
- Children value outdoor learning as a mindful wellbeing activity and understanding how it can make us feel calm, peaceful and happy.
- Children interested in subject; enthusiastic, self-led, motivated
- Able to make links and reason
- Able to apply skills and knowledge to new situations
- Transfer knowledge of the world and how this could impact on the future (higher order thinking skills)
- An understanding of how to use different tools and equipment.