Children are taught Science as part of whole-school topic work and as stand-alone lessons. Practical activities are often used as starting points with visitors and experiences organised to enrich our provision.
In Key Stage One children are taught about plants and animals, their characteristics and lifecycles. This is extended to habitats including relationships between animals and their environment and food chains. Children also need to understand which things are living, not living or have never been alive. In Year 2 pupil understanding is deepened and higher level skills in English and Maths are used.
Investigations are used to teach children the methods associated with working scientifically. So asking questions, performing simple tests, observing closely, classifying results, explaining what they see and drawing conclusions are all key skills.
Enrichment activities include:
- Stream dipping with a Peak Park Ranger.
- Visits to Bradwell Community Orchard.
- Raising chicks or ducklings from eggs.
- Raising Painted Lady butterflies from caterpillars.
- Finding and classifying mini-beasts in outdoor habitats.
- Growing a variety of flowers and plants.
- Recycling various materials and considering their properties.