The new national curriculum for science is being implemented from 2014. There is a raised emphasis on enquiry and investigation. The children will, from EYFS to Year 6, develop their skills in scientific enquiry and how to test theories using ‘Fair testing’. The development of scientific enquiry happens as the children learn about different aspects of our world: 'life processes and living things', 'materials and their properties' and 'physical processes'.
At Saighton School we have Eco School status, having earned (and retained!) the Green Flag. We have our hens, the bug hotel, and our allotment garden to enrich the children’s learning with first hand experiences. Groups of children are directly responsible for these areas. This equips the children with not only information about our world but also with a desire to treat it with care and respect and to be a responsible citizen within it. Soon, we hope to have a pond area too.
In the EYFS, the children have an additional smaller growing area where they grow some foods which they later eat in class. They also have a visit to Stockley Farm to support the development of their understanding of growth and life processes.
We have guest science teachers who come to teach our junior children and we hope to have a ‘Mad Science’ after school club soon.