The teaching of science at Ash Grove Academy aims to foster the children’s natural curiosity and support their understanding of the subject as a process of enquiry, as well as build the acquisition of relevant scientific knowledge.
Scientific skills, such as making predictions and using their personal experiences to inform their observations, are introduced to children in the Early Years through the EYFS Statutory Framework areas of learning, ‘Physical Development’ and ‘Understanding the World’. This early learning feeds directly into the knowledge curriculum for years 1-6. Using the National Curriculum Science Programmes of Study as the starting point, our year-by-year curriculum has been carefully designed to build on prior learning through a spiral approach, linking units of work across year groups but also across Key Stages. This allows children to make clear links within and across their learning, as well as revisit previous learning experiences.
This spiral approach has been implemented for the scientific enquiry skills as well as the substantive knowledge of science, thereby supporting our children to increasingly ask and answer questions, work with independence, think, reason and communicate effectively and develop into scientifically literate citizens who can critically evaluate scientific evidence. In this way, our children learn how to 'be a scientist', building a toolkit of practical skills that is developed and added to over time.