At Danesfield, we aim to deliver an ambitious, exciting science curriculum for all children which promotes a true love of the subject. A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world. Children develop a curiosity for scientific exploration, so that by the time children leave in year 6, they can work independently and collaboratively. Through building key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural and man-made phenomena. They are encouraged to understand how key knowledge and concepts can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
We foster a healthy interest about the universe and world around them and teach them the scientific skills, knowledge and concepts they need, through practical experiences. They learn to use equipment, conduct experiments, build arguments and explain concepts confidently.
Our curriculum takes every opportunity for cross curricular links to ensure children can apply their learning across the curriculum. Children demonstrate topic related scientific vocabulary, used in context, within their writing. Our purpose-built science lab and woodland grounds enable the perfect setting for real life investigations. ‘Hands-on’, engaging lessons enable children to build on their prior learning in a highly sequential order, so that they can learn and remember key scientific knowledge. In addition, inspiring science weeks and themed days nurture our children’s love of science and expose them to a wider range of experiences.
Technology is utilised through science in order to give children the resources and equipment they need to understand how STEM subjects are used in the working world and what options are available to them later in life. We give them the transferable skills they will need to be able to apply their knowledge to jobs and scientific advancements that have not even been discovered yet!