At Leigham our high-quality science education teaches the essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, children are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. Our children are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. Our children work as scientists, through hands on activities, to create a sense of awe and wonder about the world they live in and most importantly they have fun!
In key stage 1 the children experience and observe phenomena, looking closely at the natural and humanly-constructed world around them. They are encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice.
In lower key stage 2 the pupils broaden their scientific view of the world around them. They do this through exploring, talking about, testing and developing ideas about everyday phenomena and the relationships between living things and familiar environments, and by beginning to develop their ideas about functions, relationships and interactions.
In upper key stage 2 our children develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas. They do this through exploring and talking about their ideas; asking their own questions about scientific phenomena; and analysing functions, relationships and interactions more systematically. In upper key stage 2, they encounter more abstract ideas and begin to recognise how these ideas help them to understand and predict how the world operates. They also begin to recognise that scientific ideas change and develop over time..