At Courthill we believe that a high-quality science education provides the children the foundations for understanding the world around them. Science has impacted the world in many ways, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key knowledge and concepts, pupils will be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is happening, predict what they think will happen and analyse results.
Our aims are to:
•Provide an exciting and though-provoking curriculum that promotes and satisfies their curiosity
•Encourage children to question, explore and observe, so that they can make observations about themselves and their environment
•Help children to develop the skills needed to find out answers to their questions
•Develop positive attitudes to science and increase individual’s scientific knowledge
•Encourage children to be open-minded and consider other’s thoughts and ideas
•Develop children’s growth mind set and explore alternative ways to find out their answers whilst supporting them to work collaboratively and independently
•Develop a confidence to broaden their vocabulary and use appropriate scientific language
•Develop an ability to interpret findings critically and make links to what they already know about the world around them
•Develop skills of investigation – including observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesizing, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating
•Foster concern about, and active care for our environment
Our main aim at Courthill infant school is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding. We encourage children to ask as well as answer scientific questions about not only about what they do not know but also looking at the things they think they know already. They use computing within the lessons where it enhances their learning. We try to encourage a love of learning by using many creative skills for example role-play and art and discussions. They engage in a wide variety of problem solving activities across all areas of the curriculum. Wherever possible, the children are involved in “real” scientific activities and investigations, and making links with other curriculum areas to maximise their learning opportunities. We utilise the environment around us with walks to the park to look at the changes through the seasons to trips to the Science museum for some hands on experience on a grander scale and celebrate all things Science with focused topics and visitors.