At Sudbourne we teach science in very hands-on way, allowing the children to explore the wonders of the world around them through investigation. In order to encourage this we stipulate that each topic taught must include two opportunities for the children to investigate an open ended question. We also foster open minded thinking and encourage the children to make links in their knowledge and understanding, we do this by the use of mind maps at the beginning and end of each topic where children can express their knowledge and understanding in words and/or pictures. In addition to this we encourage open thinking by providing children with pictures or actual objects that they must identify possible connections between or indeed spot the odd one out. This promotes discussion and allows children to express their reasoning to the rest of the class.
Phase 1 (Y1 & Y2)
We expect the children to have a basic understanding of themselves and that they can identify similarities and difference between themselves and others and between themselves and other animals. They should also be able to make sense of the world around them.
Phase 2 (Y3 & Y4)
We expect children to have a deeper understanding of themselves as human beings and understand the importance of plants in everyday life. They should also be able to comment on the properties of the materials around them and make decisions about their suitability for different purposes.
Phase 3 (Y5 & Y6)
We expect children to understand humans are just one organism among very many that are interdependent upon one another and that each organism has a life cycle. They should also understand that planet Earth is just one celestial body in space that relies on light from the Sun and that forces play a major role in all our lives here on Earth. They should also begin to develop an understanding of materials at a molecular level to explain their properties.