Science Overview and Skills

Science is a way of asking and answering questions about the world. The rapid advances in science affect our everyday lives. Developing scientific literacy helps pupils understand the world around them.

The three branches of science, biology, chemistry and physics, help us to understand the world. Good teaching needs to cover the essential knowledge, methods and uses of science. Pupils should learn to explain what they observe. They should use science to describe what is happening, make predictions, and explore causes. We aim to inspire a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.

Science is central to the children’s learning at Telscombe Cliffs. We plan through ‘learning journeys’ to ensure a broad curriculum. Some of our learning journeys centre around science.

These topics engage and stimulate the children, encouraging them to learn through a ‘hands on’ approach. The learning objectives within each unit of study give progression across the year groups. Pupils will develop skills and learn how to carry out scientific investigations.

At Telscombe Cliffs, we have outside areas to support the science curriculum. These include a nature garden which has bug hotels, bird feeders and a pond with diverse habitats. We have an allotment where the children can plant and gardening clubs in the summer.

Our children also learn science through our Forest School. We believe children should experience the world beyond the classroom as part of their learning and development.

For more detail you can download our Progression in science document.