As with other foundation subjects, the Science curriculum is taught through ‘Contexts for Learning’ in years 1-6. Where possible, the National Curriculum science units are linked to other subjects enabling relevant connections to be made and deepening the children’s understanding of the knowledge and concepts they are learning.

A strong emphasis is placed on practical, hands-on learning, whereby the children often work within groups to develop their scientific skills of observing, sorting, grouping or classifying. As children move up through the school, they are encouraged to generate their own questions and to pursue lines of enquiry that may be practically explored or learnt about through secondary resources such as books and the internet. In years 5 and 6, children are able to devise their own experiments, ensuring variables are controlled fairly and results are recorded and analysed in order to draw reasoned conclusions. The accurate use of key vocabulary is an essential part of understanding and explaining different scientific concepts and the children are supported with this through use of classroom displays as well as links to their learning in English and maths.

The practical aspects, Working Scientifically, feature strongly within every unit taught as this provides an opportunity for the children to generate their own ideas for investigations and adds to their enjoyment of the subject. Our extensive school grounds, which include wild areas, a pond and a kitchen garden (complete with our own home made greenhouse!) allow the learning to be taken out of the classroom, thus enriching the children’s experiences further. Several school trips are used to support learning off site, including visits to Ladyland farm, Wakehurst Place and The South Downs Planetarium. In addition, we have strong links with Oxted School, where our year 5 children participate in the Science challenge cup and also visit the Science fair every year.