At Cherrywood Community Primary School our vision is to ignite pupils' curiosity and encourage them to confidently explore and discover the world around them, so that they develop a deeper understanding of the world we live in.
The subject of science is an introduction to the world of living things, materials and scientific phenomenon. Children will leave Cherrywood with a range of science skills, which will ensure they can continue to build on their solid understanding of scientific concepts throughout their lives. We promote a passion for science, which will allow children to be inspired by science in the wider world and develop a questioning approach, thus operating successfully as scientists. By doing this, we nurture the children’s natural curiosity and their on-going knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Through hands-on, enquiry-based activities, children will experience the joy of learning ‘how’ and ‘why’. We seek to promote this open-mindedness and further develop their enquiring minds, so they become independent, resilient learners.
Science learning is carefully mapped and builds on previous learning in a mixture of discretely taught units with some cross-curricular links. The use of an enquiry based approach, including how to ask investigate and answer questions, alongside the teaching of knowledge provides rich opportunities for collaborative working while enabling children to show resilience, as science is as much about finding out what does not work as what does! During lessons, pupils are encouraged to be confident to ask questions and not to be afraid of getting it wrong, but instead viewing it as an opportunity to learn.
A systematic and organised way of thinking and working comes from an involvement in investigative and enquiry based work, which involves children choosing equipment, making predictions, testing hypotheses and drawing conclusions. These activities will lead to an increased understanding of fair testing and variables which are transferable learning skills across other subjects.
The overall aim is to ensure that all children within Cherrywood receive high quality science provision which is meaningful and contextualised. At Cherrywood, links with local secondary schools, are made as often as possible to enrich learning and to prepare children for what is to come. Furthermore, a variety of science focused school trips including visiting zoos, aquariums, farms, local museum and Science Centre are made available to all year groups to further develop their first hand experiences in science. Other experiences such as: Science Club, Long Term Outdoor Study and Gardening Club promote further opportunities for science out of class. Our fantastic School grounds are utilised as much as possible to support learning.
At Cherrywood, we have a whole school ethos of respecting both the immediate and wider environment and community. We encourage the children to be responsible and recognise how lucky we are to have our school grounds to be used as a resource. Through growing our own produce in the school allotment, children also learn about personal health and safety.
By providing these opportunities, we ensure that our children are motivated, confident, life-long learners who will continue to explore the world around them, way beyond their time at primary school.