Science is a core subject in the National Curriculum which focuses on providing the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Our role is to teach scientific enquiry through the contexts of the three main content areas. Children in the Early Years are taught the Science elements through the Understanding the World specific area of the Foundation Stage Curriculum.
Science teaching at Norwood is about excellence and enjoyment. We adapt and extend the curriculum to match the unique circumstances of our school and aim to ensure that planning is contextualised in order to make the learning meaningful. Early Years children explore science topics through making predictions, using their senses and investigating materials and their properties. In Key Stages 1 and 2, topics are allocated to specific year groups in line with National Curriculum expectations and cross referenced with the Key Ideas framework within the Hampshire Science Model Guidance Booklet to ensure effective progression across the school. Working scientifically skills are taught alongside topic content and children are encouraged to work as scientists to explore the world around them. These skills are built upon throughout their time at Norwood to enable them to be confident and independent in their investigations.
Our vision for Science at Norwood Primary and Pre-School
Children are curious in their approach to Science. They are able to draw upon enquiry skills and knowledge during investigations by 'acting like a scientists'. Children are able to apply their scientific discoveries in school to the real world, through physics, biology and chemistry approaches. Children at Norwood become interested in Science beyond their Science lessons and enjoy finding out more about the world around them.