Science in EYFS
The Statutory Framework for the Early Years and Foudation Stage sets out the learning opportunities relating to Understanding the World. Within the children’s guided activities and free-flow provision, children are encouraged to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Such activities are chosen to link in with the children’s current topic, which changes on a fortnightly basis, and is informed from current events and their interests.
Particular care is taken to ensure the children benefit from a healthy balance of indoor and outdoor learning opportunities, the latter taking advantage of our generous Foundation Stage garden area.
Science in Years 1 to 6
At Bradley Barton, we plan our delivery of science teaching according to the 2104 National Curriculum for England and Wales.
· Scientific Knowledge objectives within the broader realms of biology, chemistry and physics. The teaching of natural science (biology) takes place in our specialist Outdoor Classroom lessons, whilst objectives relating to Physics and Chemistry are taught in children’s classes.
· Objectives relating to Working Scientifically are practical skills that are taught and revisited throughout the year in both class and Outdoor Classroom. These are the practical science skills associated with predicting, planning, carrying out, concluding and evaluating investigations.
Class teachers start planning their term’s science learning by looking at the objectives to be covered in that half term. They consider the big ideas that will need to be taught, and then elicit children’s existing knowledge (this may range from a verbal activity in the style of a floor plan for Y1, to an individual mindmap or responses to questions in Year 6).
We track our children's attainment across both Scientific Knowledge and Working Scientifically to ensure that they are given every opportunity to master the Age-Related skills for their year group.
Extra Curricular opportunities on offer at Bradley Barton currently include enrichment trips to our local secondary schools, Coombeshead Academy and Newton Abbot College, along with the hugely popular Fizz Pop Science Clubs, which are available to all children in Years 1 to 6.