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. For this reason, we follow an enquiry-based approach to science, enabling children to engage in practical investigations as much as possible, develop an understanding of sustainability and make relevant links to the big ideas of science and real-life contexts.
Our intention is to encourage the children to constantly ask questions in order to develop their analytical thinking skills and channel their natural curiosity. We aim to follow the 5 E’s model – based on the constructivist approach to learning, which states that learners build or construct new ideas on top of their old ideas. Each of the 5 E’s describes a phase of learning – Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate. These allow students and teachers to experience ideas and activities, use and build on prior knowledge and experience, construct meaning, and assess continually their understanding of a concept.
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 aspect – People and communities, The world, and Technology.
All other science teaching follows the new National Curriculum and covers the three scientific areas: biology, chemistry and physics. Our Science Curriculum is of high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression- including fun lessons, workshops, trips and interactions with professionals. The children are encouraged to think scientifically by planning fair tests, making predictions, observing, measuring, recording results or forming a conclusion. All children will have: a wide variety of skills linked to both scientific knowledge and understanding, and scientific investigative skills; a richer vocabulary which will enable them to articulate their understanding of taught concepts; and high aspirations, which will see them through to further study and beyond.