At St. Gregory's, we promote a creative environment to develop and engage the children’s curiosity. Scientific findings have changed our lives and are vital to the world’s future which are children are a part of. We aim to develop the children’s foundational knowledge and concepts to support their curiosity and give them a breadth of knowledge. To do this we encourage the children to ask questions about the world around them and find ways to investigate their ideas through scientific enquiry. This can be done through one of the five types of working scientifically: fair testing; observing changes over time; pattern spotting; research and identification and classification.
Key Stage 1:
In Key Stage 1 science focuses on enabling the children to experience and observe both the natural and man-made world around them. They are encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice. At St. Gregory’s we help the children to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions. These include: observing changes over a period of time; noticing patterns; grouping and classifying things; carrying out simple comparative tests; noticing patterns and grouping and classifying them as well as finding out things using secondary sources. Most learning in Key Stage 1 is done through first hand practical experiences and supported by books, photographs and videos.
Key Stage 2:
In Key Stage 2 the principle focus of science is to enable the children to broaden their scientific view of the world around them. In St. Gregory’s we do this through exploring, talking about, testing and developing ideas and the relationships between living things and familiar environments. We encourage the children to ask questions about what they observe and make decisions about what types of scientific enquiry would give the best method to answering them. The scientific enquiries the children develop in Key Stage 2 include: observing changes over time; noticing patterns; group and classifying things; carrying out simple comparative and fair tests and researching using secondary sources of information. They also develop their ability to draw simple conclusions and use a wide range of scientific language.
Working scientifically is now a big part of the science curriculum and is embedded in all science lessons. Through the teaching of biology, chemistry and physics the children are taught to use a variety of approaches to scientific enquiry to enable them to answer relevant scientific questions. Children seek answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data which closely links to objectives within the maths