At Oxhey Wood Primary School we have a shared understanding of the importance and value of science to children’s learning. We value Science because it makes an increasingly important contribution to all aspects of life. Science is a discovery and aims to stimulate a child’s curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do.
Science begins in the Early Years where the children learn to be creative and think critically, exploring their own ideas, experimenting and finding ways to solve problems and do things.
They start to talk about what they observe, asking questions and making comments on plants, animals and objects in their world. They talk about why things happen and how things work and develop an understanding of growth, decay and changes. Through their learning, they make links, noticing similarities and differences, making predictions and testing their ideas. They also learn to show care and concern for the living things in and the environments they encounter.
In Key Stage 1 and 2, the children cover topics that relate to scientific enquiry, life processes and living things, materials and their properties and physical processes. Practical activities are used to stimulate learning and involve the children in their lessons. This promotes enthusiasm and independence. The children are taught skills and methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative thought. They are given the opportunities to devise their own experiments or find ways in which predictions could be tested. They are engaged in Science that has relevance to their everyday lives. They take part in decision making, discussion, research and scientific enquiry.
Science learning is challenging and as learners the children are required to go outside their comfort zone and deal with new challenges and problems. For further details please view the school’s science overview.