At Indian Queens School we strive to give pupils a wide and detailed range of experiences that will teach them about the world of science. We aim not to just teach information, but also inspire and motivate pupils to explore the scientific universe themselves armed with key scientific skills that will let them discover at their own pace throughout life.
Investigations and questioning form the backbone of our curriculum while also providing pupils with chances to experience science in different forms including biology, physics and chemistry.
We relate our learning to our topic so we can emphasise the real-world applications of science.
Science at Indian Queens School aims to teach our children the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to question and understand concepts and phenomena that occur in the world around them and equips them with the motivation to seek explanations for these. Children learn the skills required for scientific enquiry and they will begin to appreciate the way science will affect their future on a personal, national and global level.
The aims of science are to enable children to:
• Ask and answer scientific questions
• Plan and carry out fair scientific investigations, using equipment
• Know and understand the life processes of living things
• Know and understand the physical processes of materials, electricity ,light, sound and natural forces
• Know about materials and their properties
• Evaluate evidence and present their conclusions clearly and accurately
Children are given opportunities to develop their interest in STEAM subjects through after-school clubs, planning, investigating and discussing what they have observed.
The school is part of a group of 10 schools in the trust, which is linked to the Ogden Trust. This organisation provides learning opportunities and resources based on physics topics.
Science in EYFS
At Indian Queens School, science begins at the age of 2 in Nursery, through:
- exploration of different materials (such as playdough, water and sand trays, craft materials, construction toys, mud kitchen)
- discussions of the world around them (weather, and the types of clothing they need to wear, the seasons, animals and their babies, how they have changed since they were babies, safety in the home corner)
- songs and nursery rhymes, changes in materials (exploring melting ice and cooking activities)
- healthy living (exercising, healthy eating at snack, keeping clean and brushing teeth)
The children also use the outdoor area to learn about plants in their nursery garden, use large weighing scales to explore mass and healthy living through using the range of bikes and scooters available.
Children are given a range of activities throughout the day to develop their communication and language skills, discussing their learning in science and sharing their ideas with other children and adults.
Progression across the school