Our vision is to stimulate children’s curiosity through scientific investigation and enquiry. We encourage children to ask questions and appreciate the personal, national and global impact of science. Our expectation is that all pupils will be supported to reach their full potential through engaging, hands-on opportunities to explore science in a way that relates to their real-world experiences. We achieve this through high quality teaching and investigative enquiry within lessons, as well as through external expert visitors and enriching trips to locations that connect to the science topics covered throughout the year.
We continue to use the Kent Science Scheme to determine which science themes are taught in each year group. This allows for a continuous progression of skills from the EYFS focus on The Natural World right through to Evolution and Inheritance in year 6. Many of the themes progress throughout the key stages, ensuring the knowledge and skills covered are suitable for the respective ages of the children. We teach the science themes, with full coverage of all objectives through a mixture of project-related lessons or standalone lessons when needed.
The equivalent of one science lesson per week must be taught each term. However, this may be completed as a block of lessons if this is more suitable to the theme being taught at the time. We expect science lessons to be taught by the class teacher due to the expectation of hands-on activities and the range of resources potentially required to engage and motivate the children. We expect all children, regardless of ability, to be able to participate in the learning.
We hold a Science Week to ensure all children are able to engage with hands-on experiences and meet scientific experts. This encourages the children to aspire to a wide range of careers as a result of this motivating experience.
BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Reculver offers a wide range of extra-curricular scientific opportunities. A science club has been run for the last few years, with the children receiving training on conducting experiments and investigations. We develop our scientists further with initiatives such as the Science Crew. This group will be able to further extend their knowledge and understanding by demonstrating experiments and investigations to their peers throughout the school.
School trips often have a scientific link. Year 6 will visit Down House, the home of Charles Darwin, to learn about the investigations that helped him develop his theory of evolution. Year 5 have exciting experiences such as a visit to The Observatory Science Centre in Herstmonceux as part of their investigation of Space, the Astrodome and the Science Festival at Discovery Park. The whole school celebrates Science Week each year, with outside experts coming in to work with the children to understand that science exists within everything. This has included connections with the Turner Gallery in Margate, Professor Bubbleworks, Sublime Science and St Anselm’s Secondary School. We value these connections and are eager to further develop them.