The aim of science teaching at North Ealing Primary school (NEPS) is to inspire, nurture and feed children’s natural curiosity about the world around them and all its phenomena. We encourage them to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follow the ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ guidance which aims for all children to have a greater understanding of the World, covering the following aspects – People and communities and the natural world.
All other science teaching follows the new National Curriculum and covers the three scientific areas: biology, chemistry and physics. Our Science curriculum is well thought out and is planned to build on previous knowledge, conceptual understanding and scientific skills. Children develop an understanding of the nature, process and methods of science through different types of scientific enquiries. These include observing over time, pattern-seeking, identifying, classifying and grouping, comparative and fair testing and researching using secondary sources.
We focus on children developing scientific vocabulary, articulating scientific concepts clearly, constantly asking questions, developing their analytical thinking skills and channelling natural curiosity. We do this by following our own NEPS 5Es – Engage, Explain, Explore, Elaborate, and Evaluate throughout our units of work. Units include exciting practical lessons, workshops, trips and interactions with professionals.
Children leave NEPS with: a wide variety of skills linked to both scientific knowledge and understanding and scientific investigative skills; a rich vocabulary that enables them to articulate their understanding of taught concepts; and high aspirations, which will see them through to further study and beyond.
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