Science helps us to understand and make sense of the world around us. It is vital to our development as a society and for us to continue to succeed as a race. Without scientific developments, the world would be a very different place.
Children are naturally curious and want to understand and make sense of things. Science teaching should foster this curiosity and encourage children to explore and investigate their environment.
The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he's one who asks the right questions. ~Claude Lévi-Strauss
At Mudeford Junior School, we believe that the best way for children to develop as a scientist, is to begin by asking questions and then provide them with opportunities to investigate the answers to these, in a practical context.
We want our children to be able to:
- Ask questions about the world they live in and make simple predictions about what might happen if…
- Look carefully at the world around them and use their five senses to say what it is like.
- Use observations to sort and measure things.
- Plan and devise investigations which include fair testing.
- Record their findings (what happened) in drawings, words, tables and charts.
- Say why that happened and evaluate their findings.
ICT is an essential tool to be utilised in achieving these outcomes, and we seek to incorporate it as much as possible, in our science teaching.
Below, are some links to websites which will help to reinforce some of the work your child covers in school. Just click on the relevant year group.