The aim of science teaching at Queensbridge Primary School is to ignite children’s curiosity about natural phenomena and give children the necessary skills to explore the world around them.
Children will discover how useful science has been in the past at improving our society and about the increasing importance of science as we face global challenges, such as access to water and climate change. By celebrating a diverse range of scientists throughout their time at Queensbridge, we hope to raise children’s science capital and inspire children’s interest in a range of valuable careers related to STEM.
As a school community we are proud to have been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark (Gilt standard) for science provision.
The science curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:
Develop a curiosity of natural phenomena
Learn through engaging practical enquires
Develop their ability to work scientifically
Use a range of scientific equipment to collect data
Record, analyse and present data to help answer questions
In EYFS, children are taught about the natural world within the ‘understanding the world’ area of learning. Science is taught through adult led activities, however opportunities for exploring the world are found throughout the EYFS free flow provision both inside and outside.
In Key Stage One and Two, science lessons are centered on key enquiry questions, allowing children to learn scientific knowledge through ‘hands-on’ practical science. Children will gain experience of a variety of enquiry types including: pattern seeking, identifying and classifying, comparative and fair testing, observing over time and researching using secondary sources.
We have worked hard at Queensbridge to develop outdoor areas that support science learning, including a nature area, pond, insect hotels and a wormery. Throughout their time at Queensbridge, children will gain experience of planting, mini beast hunting, bird watching and pond dipping.
Each year we celebrate science and related subjects through STEAM Week where children are asked to focus on a real life problem that scientists are working on today.