At Highfurlong we strive to enrich our students education with a wide range of scientific topics to encourage independent thinking and research. During our students journey through school we aim to:
- Develop their enjoyment and interest in science and an appreciation of its contribution to all aspects of everyday life.
- Develop a knowledge and appreciation of the contribution made by famous scientists to our knowledge of the world including scientists from different cultures.
- Encourage pupils to relate their scientific studies to applications and effects within the real world.
- Develop a knowledge of the science contained within the programmes of study of the National Curriculum.
- Build on pupils’ curiosity and sense of awe of the natural world.
- Develop in pupils a general sense of enquiry which encourages them to question and make suggestions.
- Encourage pupils to predict the likely outcome of their investigations and practical activities.
Foundation Stage pupils investigate science as part of Understanding of the World. Children are encouraged to investigate through practical experience; teachers guide the children and plan opportunities that allow the children to experience and learn whilst experimenting for themselves. By careful planning, pupils’ scientific skills and knowledge gained at Key Stage 1 will be consolidated and developed during Key Stage 2 and teaching to achieve an external accreditation at Key Stage 3.
Pupils in Key Stage 1 will be introduced to science through focused observations and explorations of the world around them. These will be further developed through supportive investigations into more independent work at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 respectively. The knowledge and content prescribed in the National Curriculum will be introduced throughout all key stages in a progressive and coherent way.
By the end of Key Stage 3 pupils will be taught to use and understand a variety of independent tasks in science. This tailored approach continues through Key Stage 4 to ensure each student is able to achieve an external accreditation.