At Jolesfield Church of England Primary School, we see our pupils and encourage them to see themselves as scientists. Through our broad and balanced curriculum, children explore and discover the world around them, developing a curiosity and thirst to confidently explore and discover, so that they have a deeper understanding and love of the world we live in! We want them to have no limits for their ambitions and grow up wanting to be astronauts, engineers, marine biologists or microbiologists, to name just a few. To achieve this, we will offer our pupils practical hands-on experiences that encourage questioning and curiosity as well as extending their scientific knowledge and skills.
We plan for our pupils, across an academic year, to experience the following five types of enquiry in order to develop a broad range of scientific skills:
We make the most of our extensive grounds including our Nature Garden and Reflective Garden to support a range of learning, for example, life cycles (frogs, newts) and habitats and plants (growing and labelling the parts).
Within the early years, children explore Science through ‘understanding of the world’. They will find out about objects, materials and living things using all of their senses. Their environment fosters curiosity and encourages explorative play. Children enjoy spending time outside exploring minibeasts and their habitats, observing the changing of seasons and growing plants. Scientific vocabulary is introduced and modelled.