At Sutton Valence we believe that Science offers children a fantastic opportunity to develop a deep understanding of the world around them and the skills to investigate and test different theories in order to come to their own conclusions about how or why the world works in the way it does.
In order for children to achieve this, we make sure that our science curriculum is accessible and ambitious for all children. We use the Kent Science planning in conjunction with our adapted Cornerstones themes. This ensures that there is clear progression throughout KS1 and KS2 and that the knowledge and skills that the children acquire are developed and built upon throughout the years.
Our science topics are taught with both the knowledge and skills at the forefront as we believe that in order to be a confident and exceptional scientist; you need to have both working in tandem. The skills allow the children to test theories and predictions whilst the knowledge deepens their understanding of the discoveries they make. Teaching through themes enables children to see science as part of a bigger picture by illustrating how it is embedded in all areas of our curriculum such as inspiring literature, links to maths, historic scientific discoveries and places of scientific interest. Our embedded Forest school also gives the children a fantastic context in which to experiment and investigate to learn about science in the world around them.
Teachers are expected to adapt planning in order to cater for their particular cohort and for the needs of individual children. This is to ensure that all children are able to develop and deepen their own knowledge and to feel confident in their skills in order to work scientifically.
In our EYFS children are constantly using their knowledge and developing their skills in order to ask questions to explore and understand the world around them. This practical journey of discovery is encouraged to continue throughout their time at primary to inspire children to develop a sense of curiosity and wonder which may open their minds to the possibility of becoming a scientist in the future and/ or being a responsible citizen for the beautiful and inspiring world about them.