Children learn a number of transferable skills through our primary science curriculum, many linked to The Solent School Values. They develop friendships and teamwork skills through practical investigations; they learn to respect themselves and to take responsibility for our planet through observation and discussion; and they learn about famous scientists and careers that allow them to have high aspirations.
Science has an important place in our weekly timetable and is explored through a mix of practical and thought-provoking activities. This enables children to ask and answer questions about things that intrigue them, leaving them wanting to find out more and discovering ways to do so. They have the opportunity to be scientists by using a range of special equipment to help them discover the world around them. Our science curriculum is planned so that each year, the children build upon their prior knowledge enabling them to maximise their potential.
By the end of year 2, children will have explored the science curriculum in different ways. They might have had experiences with real life animals on school trips or explored our local grounds for minibeasts and their habitats. They might have cared for and grown their own plants, or watched the life cycle of a butterfly happen before their eyes! They will be able to work scientifically by making observations, asking and answering questions and gathering and recording data. Children will learn about plants, materials, animals and seasonal changes.
Each year, we participate in British Science Week. This subject specific week has an exciting theme each year that sparks interest amongst the Solent community. Previously, we have submitted children’s work into the national competition, where we have had the opportunity to showcase the budding scientists of The Solent Schools. This is something we participate in every year, which gives children further opportunities to apply their prior knowledge and enables their curiosity to grow even further.