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Our vision for Science at Freegrounds Infant School is to provide opportunities and experiences which provide children with the necessary core scientific knowledge and investigative skills to answer their questions about those processes. We recognise that children live in an age of fast-moving science and we believe that this area of learning is fundamental to exploring, understanding and influencing the world in which we live.
In Freegrounds Infant School we use a range of teaching and learning styles, these include activities such as group and class discussions, investigations and problem-solving activities. We also encourage the children to take part in a range of practical activities e.g. habitat hunting, collecting data and exploring different materials for suitability of a given problem.
Teaching and Learning
Understanding the World is one of the prime areas of learning. It is recognised as one of the building blocks of success in life. The understanding of the Natural World is developed in EYFS through Discovery Time (child-initiated learning) and the children are supported by the adults who provide relevant questioning and activities. The children interact with each other to make predictions, observations and have discussions about the natural world and contrasting environments.
In EYFS, Science is embedded across our curriculum. You will find us playing and learning together in all of our lessons and at many other times in the day. Children have a wide variety of opportunities to embed their scientific skills in their 'Discovery Time' through our outdoor environment and the many resources we have inside our EYFS Base with support from our highly skilled early years team.
Science is a statutory subject in KS1 and at Freegrounds we plan, assess and teach multiple units throughout the year that link to the topics the children are learning about in other subjects. This is because we appreciate the benefits it has in terms of enthusing children which leads to exciting science learning as it enables our children to apply their core scientific knowledge and skills in a range of contexts related to their everyday lives. The children tackle problems, form questions, generate and test ideas and designs, and decide how to seek solutions. They gather and make sense of evidence, test out hypotheses and evaluate processes and outcomes. They learn the possibilities of science, inspiring them to become scientists, engineers, designers and innovators of the future and how to be informed citizens responsive to the needs of others and the world in which they live.