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Science at Ainderby

What do our children say about Science at Ainderby? 

I like it when Discovery Dog and Naughty Nora help us when we do experiments.”  

“I like it when we do fun activities like testing materials”.

"I like it when we do experiments, even when they go wrong!"


Science Intent

Our vision for science at Ainderby Steeple CE Primary is to encourage and inspire curiosity in our children and to give them the skills and tools necessary to pursue their natural desire to investigate and explore.

Through a hands-on, inquiry-based curriculum our children will be encouraged to ask questions, experiment, reflect and to make and learn from their mistakes.  Through this our children will build the core skills of independence and resilience and acquire a deeper respect for the environment, our community and the wider world.

We believe that these opportunities and strengths will ensure that our children are confident, life-long learners who are equipped for an ever-changing world.

Science Implementation 

Our science curriculum is based on Early Years 2021 Curriculum and National Curriculum 2014 objectives.  It includes termly topics for all children from Year 1 to Year 6 and has been developed to encourage our children to become critical thinkers. The programme of study includes: living things, materials and states of matter, light, forces, sound, electricity and earth and space.

Through good quality science lessons, children develop questioning skills to extend their knowledge and understanding of the world around them and how it works.  Where possible, they learn through practical activities which develop their investigative skills.  We encourage our children to discover, ask questions, observe, collaborate, predict, investigate and conclude and we model and encourage children to use scientific vocabulary to explain what they observe.

In addition to the well-planned science lessons that take place weekly in each class, teachers look for opportunities to enhance learning and extend children’s curiosity and enthusiasm in all areas of science.  Younger children use an investigation station to carry out independent research.  They also use their wildlife area, pond and vegetable garden to make first hand observations of plant growth and animal life-cycles.  Children look forward to using our incubator to hatch eggs and our older children use well developed research skills to carry out independent research.

class 1 science experiment class 1 science experiment

Science Impact 

Through the teaching of science at Ainderby Steeple, our children learn to appreciate the animals and plants with which they share the planet and develop a sense of responsibility and respect for our world and all its resources.  They develop a broad understanding of everyday scientific concepts and they gain the confidence to ask questions and to use a variety of equipment and strategies creatively and independently to test their theories. Through the teaching and learning of science, our children move forward with a deeper understanding of the uses and implications of science, both today and in the future.

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