Here at Bradley Barton we nurture our children’s naturally curious and enquiring minds, encouraging them to pose their own questions for investigating. The practical science skills relating to planning, doing and reviewing our investigations are central to everything we teach. We aim to instil an understanding of the wider application of practical skills to other curriculum areas, and indeed to everyday life.
As a school, we teach science both within the children’s classrooms and in the Outdoor Classroom. Class teachers have overall responsibility for their children’s science learning, and teach science within their topics, as outlined in our “Planning” section.
All classes in Years 1 to 6 receive a morning or afternoon session of Outdoor classroom learning per week, whilst their class teacher completes non-contact activities relating to Planning, Preparation and Assessment (PPA). These sessions are delivered by our specialist team of Outdoor Classroom staff, who have particular strengths and knowledge relating to Natural Science and learning in the outdoors. Mr. Brown teaches Years 1 to 4 (with support from Mrs. Heath and additional LSAs) and Mrs Portus teaches Years 5 and 6 (with support from Mrs. Heath). They enjoy the learning opportunities afforded by our generous school grounds; Year 1 access the bottom garden area adjoining the Foundation Stage Outdoor Area, and Years 2 to 6 access the top garden area and polytunnel learning space. Outdoor Classroom provides a rich, holistic learning experience for our children, including various elements of Gardening, Design Technology, Story Telling, Song Writing, Forest Schools, Sustainable Living in addition to the central theme of Natural Sciences.
Be sure to come along to our annual Science Fair, held in our specially themed Science Week, to experience first hand the range of science that takes place in our school. We hope to see you there next year!
In the meantime, if you have any questions relating to Science, or would be interested in volunteering to support within the Outdoor Classroom, please contact Steve Elwood, our leader of Science and Outdoor Classroom.