Early Years Foundation Stage
In the EYFS, Science is covered in the ‘Understanding of the World’ area of the EYFS Curriculum. It is introduced indirectly through activities that encourage every child to explore, problem solve, observe, predict, think, make decisions and talk about the world around them. During their first years at school our children will explore creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments. They will observe and manipulate objects and materials to identify differences and similarities. They will also learn to use their senses noticing and describing what they see, feel, smell, touch and taste. They will make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur and talk about changes. Children will be encouraged to ask questions about why things happen and how things work. Children will also be asked questions about what they think will happen to help them communicate, plan, investigate, record and evaluate findings.
Keystage 1 and 2
At St Luke's we sometimes teach Science topics in blocks each term. This allows children to be fully immersed in their scientific enquiry and learning. Science lessons are practical and children participate in experiments and investigations as part of the curriculum. We believe that it is important for children to have many memorable hands-on scientific opportunities. Children are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. We ensure that the 'Working Scientifically' skills are built on and developed throughout the children's school career. This enables the children to build up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts. Literacy lessons are also linked to science as children record their experiments or scientific knowledge, for example writing reports and other information texts.
There are many enrichment opportunities linked to the Science Curriculum including visits to places such as The Science Museum, The Garden classroom, The Natural History Museum, London Zoo, City Farms and Highgate Woods. Children also take part in science based workshops in school and share their scientific learning through a Science Fair to celebrate British Science Week. We provide children with insight into careers in STEM subjects through Dream Catcher Assemblies and links with organisations such as City University and Soap Box.