____________________________ Experiencing the Natural and Humanly Constructed World
Science is not taught as a specific subject but is a key part of the Area of Development – Exploring and Understanding of the World, Experiencing the Natural and Humanly Constructed World. Exploring and Understanding the World is about enabling our pupils to experience and observe phenomena in the natural and humanly-constructed world. They should be encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice and observe and should be helped to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of enquiry to answer their own questions.
Exploration is a vital part of pupil learning and the teaching and learning of science is done through the use of practical experiences whenever possible; and it is integral to many areas of daily exploration, learning and play. Alongside specific scientific knowledge and vocabulary pupils develop the concept of ‘working scientifically’ appropriate to their developmental stage. Through teaching science, we aim to provide our pupils with the foundations to understand the world around them.