The Leigh Beck Infant and Nursery Academy believes that a high quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world. The curriculum aims to stimulate every child’s curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do. It teaches methods of enquiry and investigation in order to stimulate creative thought. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, children are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. Children learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way science will affect their future on a personal, national and global level. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
The Leigh Beck Infant and Nursery Academy believes that because we live in an increasingly scientific and technological age, children need to acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them for life in the 21st century. Through following the framework of The National Curriculum (2014) and The Rising Stars scheme of work, science at the Leigh Beck Infant and Nursery Academy aims to stimulate children’s interest and enjoyment in the area of science whilst equipping them to build on their enthusiasm and natural sense of wonder about the world. Through practical work, the skills of observation, prediction, investigation, interpretation, communication, questioning and hypothesising will be developed alongside the increased use measurement and computing skills.
We asked the children and staff what made Science at Leigh Beck so enjoyable. This is what they said…
*we join in, are excited and have fun.
*we get to think and talk about ideas, choose resources and decide what we want to investigate.
*we ask questions to help us understand, we take risks and learn from our mistakes. We talk about what we have found out.
*there are lots of great resources for us all to use.
*our teachers know lots about our topics and during lessons they help us work out what we need to do next to learn more. Our teachers are happy to let us investigate for ourselves. *Everyone knows where we are now and what our next steps are.
We learn about science inside and outside the classroom, using outside spaces, in the school grounds, in our local environment, and on school trips.
Science is celebrated across the school in a range of ways including science weeks, assemblies, clubs, visitors, displays and competitions.
These are our KEY PRINCIPLES and our teachers think about them when planning lessons, and when we are in Science lessons we think about which of them we are using.
Each class has a Science Ambassador who will meet regularly with the Science subject leaders to discuss how our key principles are improving lessons and what else we would like to work on in Science.