At CPS, our vision in science is to encourage curiosity in children to develop their scientific enquiry skills about the world around them, enabling them to become confident scientists. By the end of their primary education our pupils should be equipped to make informed decisions about new technologies, their health and the scientific opportunities around them. We aim to achieve this through a practical and inspiring curriculum taught both as a discreet subject and through our creative curriculum closely linked with our enrichment sessions.
In the Foundation stage, children begin to develop an understanding of science through the topic of ‘Understanding the World’. Children explore and find out about the world around them and begin to ask questions about it. With the recent introduction of our Mini Woodies Learning Zone, our Foundation stage children have already been exploring the environment around them with the support of our Forest School Lead.
As the curriculum progresses through KS1 & KS2, children develop their scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through a variety of topics. We encourage children to work scientifically throughout their time at CPS, this is established by providing opportunities for all children to observe changes over time; pattern seek; identify, classify and group; plan, carry out and evaluate controlled investigations; and research. With our rich and creative curriculum, children are able to apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data. We also aim to identify and provide high quality writing opportunities within science, enabling children to express their understanding of key scientific vocabulary.