At Thurgoland our aim is to encourage explorative learning of science through investigative practical work, planned and carried out by the children, promoting love for learning and ultimately broadening their science capital. Subject knowledge is taught also discreetly but is deepened and applied through investigations, aiming high to achieve more from their learning. This approach allows children to ask questions, analyse and understand scientific content and answer questions taking on ownership for their learning, giving each part of the lesson ‘a go’. A growth mind-set and resilience is promoted in our children; when experiments ‘go wrong’, we use this as a positive process to discuss reasons for this, in order to take our learning forward in the next investigation.
As a Church of England School, every aspect of the school’s work is underpinned by Christian values. Science is seen as a key subject in providing opportunities for awe and wonder, thus promoting spiritual growth. It can also provide a means of exploring faith and values where respect can be developed. Wherever possible, we link our R.E. curriculum to other subjects.
At Thurgoland we intend to:
From EYFS to Year 6, we intent to develop children’s learning in science by exposing them to ambitious, unit specific vocabulary, ask questions to deepen their understanding, articulate their ideas and thoughts and finally, solve problems by combining their knowledge and skills within investigations.
We aim to develop children’s scientific skills needed to:
Values that are at the heart of Thurgoland