At Dunton Green, we inspire our children through a meaningful science curriculum that produces enthusiastic and inquisitive scientists; enabling them to apply their scientific knowledge and skills, and appreciate how the contributions of scientists have affected their everyday lives.
We believe that science is learnt most effectively by developing a sound knowledge of the subject and through working scientifically by completing practical investigations and experiments. We aim to motivate and engage pupils so that they develop an interest and curiosity for the world around them.
At Dunton Green, we teach science through 5 main types of scientific enquiry:
- Observing over time
- Fair and comparative testing
- Identifying and classifying
- Pattern seeking
Children have the opportunity to use a range of sources to research their topics or questions, then they are able to apply this knowledge when planning, carrying out and evaluating investigations and experiments. Children are able to use their learning from maths and English lessons to write up their results and draw tables, graphs and charts to show and explain what they have found.
Our children learn, understand and confidently use appropriate scientific vocabulary in their written work as well as during class discussions. They also learn about a range of past and present scientists including: Charles Darwin, Carl Linnaeus and Isaac Newton, and are able to explain how the contributions of these scientists have affected their lives today.
During science lessons, children use a variety of scientific equipment to support and enhance their learning, including: data loggers, weather vanes, magnets, electrical circuits, thermometers, force meters and many more.
As well as working within the classroom setting, children use and explore our outdoor environment in their science lessons. They will use the pond area to identify and classify mini-beasts and insects, measure the sound levels at various areas in the local environment and observe the changes in the outdoor areas as the seasons change.