When you walk into a science lesson at Cippenham Infant School you will see a classroom full of excitement and exploration. The children will be busy investigating, asking questions and be completely immersed in their learning. We believe that science should not be limited to the classroom and in our school we love to use all areas of our school grounds to learn and work scientifically, ensuring that the children know that you can find science everywhere and it is a part of their everyday life. We aim for our children to be confident and independent learners and for them to ask scientific questions to help develop their learning.
In Foundation Stage, the children learn about the science through the Understanding the World area in the Early Years curriculum. They are given the opportunity to explore freely and conduct their own investigations in the classroom and in our outdoor area, based around the independent activities that have been planned.
In year one, the topics we learn about are animals including humans, seasons, everyday materials and plants. Whilst learning about these topics the children will begin to learn how to work scientifically through practical investigations.
In year two, the children gain a deeper understanding of animals including humans, living things and their habitats, the use of everyday materials and plants. As well as working scientifically the children will gain a real knowledge of the language linked to these topics to set them up for science in Key Stage Two.