Science

“Children and scientists share an outlook on life. ‘If I do this, what will happen?’ is both the motto of the child at play and the defining refrain of the physical scientist. … The unfamiliar and the strange – these are the domain of all children and scientists.”

James Gleick

At Gurney Pease we aim to harness the natural curiosity of the children and equip them with the knowledge and skills they will need for life-long learning while nurturing a respect for the resources they have and how to use them responsibly.

Science is an integral part of our curriculum. We know that the world our children will live and work in will need young minds which are knowledgeable, adaptable, logical, methodical and creative; all key skills developed in primary science. It is also crucial they have a key understanding of the world they exist in, how it and living things work and the forces that act upon and within it.

Children are natural scientists and often thrive when they can pose their own questions and find their own answers. We aim to harness children’s wonder and natural curiosity at the world around them, inspire them to ask further questions and assist them to find their own answers.

We know that our children come to us from a range of backgrounds and we want to ensure that all of them get to experience the world around them beyond their own homes. This is why we build in a range of practical and exciting experiences in school, give the children the opportunity to work with a range of visitors from external agencies and offer a range of extra-curricular opportunities through our STEM club. And all of this with the aim of inspiring curiosity and developing skills of scientific enquiry.

Some of the children at Gurney Pease start school with poorer speech and language skills and so the science curriculum presents many opportunities to use subject-specific vocabulary through discussion, debating, questioning, researching and presenting findings. The skills of working scientifically are integral to our curriculum and are interwoven into a variety of scientific enquiries.

What we teach children in Science has been carefully planned, structured and sequenced to provide a clear progression of skills and knowledge that builds upon previous learning. There are clear, agreed expectations for end of year and key stage points. Science is taught in fortnightly blocks once a half-term. When appropriate we make links with other curriculum areas while respecting the integrity of Science as its own subject.

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