At Hungerford Primary Academy, we pride ourselves on our creative and explorative approach to learning. Scientific learning here is no different, with children being encouraged to develop their natural curiosity to learn about the world around them through practical investigations and hands-on experiences.
Scientific skills are explicitly modelled and taught alongside scientific knowledge, in line with the National Curriculum’s programmes of study. Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of science incorporates a range of class, group and independent learning, involving problem-solving and key questioning to test conceptual knowledge. Learning and skill development from previous years is built upon through the children’s school career, allowing them to become increasingly proficient at using scientific equipment and conducting experiments independently, interpreting results and building arguments to explain their findings.
Science is taught for the equivalent of one hour per week in each Key Stage, with opportunities for cross curricular links explored wherever possible, particularly with our Outdoor Education provision. Children are also offered a range of extra-curricular activities including regular after-school science clubs, Creatures and Critters club, visits from a range of organisations and school trips with a focus on the Sciences. More recently, we have sought to develop our work around STEM, holding a whole school STEM week and inviting leading Engineers from industry into school to hold interviews and workshops. This has given the children the opportunity to have valuable interactions with experts in their field, fostering the understanding that science changes our lives and promoting the possibility of a career in science.
Mad Science Club takes place once a year and is open to Key Stage 2 children. This involves scientists coming into our school, with a range of equipment and letting the children experiment and play for a whole hour a week! They have tested PH levels on different liquids, flown on a hoverboard, learned about what is inside their bodies and much, much more!
All children are encouraged to be actively involved in Science lessons. Diversity is valued and teaching is targeted to meet the needs of individual learners. Children whose first language is not English are supported initially through the native language to access the Science curriculum. Immersion then assists them to develop skills in all curriculum areas, very quickly.