Science at Diamond Hall Infant Academy is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation, as well as using and applying process skills.
We seek to stimulate and excite pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. Our Science curriculum helps to develop a range of investigation and problem-solving skills in a practical way to find reliable answers to questions children may ask about the world around them. Our aim is for our children develop a sense of awe and wonder regarding the nature of our world.
The Science taught at Diamond Hall Infant Academy aims to ensure that all children:
- Have an understanding of scientific processes.
- Acquire practical scientific skills.
- Develop their skills of investigation – including observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating.
- Develop their use of scientific language, recording and techniques.
- Become effective communicators of scientific ideas, facts and data.
In line with the National Curriculum, The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and current best practice, we will foster children’s natural curiosity about our universe and promote respect for living and non-living things in addition to acquiring knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes of topics taught. We aim to ensure that Working Scientifically skills are built-upon and developed throughout the year groups so that children can use equipment, conduct experiments, build arguments and explain concepts confidently, continue to question and be curious about their surroundings.
The science curriculum is divided into four areas of learning which together, give children the skills they need to be competent, inquisitive scientists building on knowledge and skills already taught:
- Working Scientifically
- Living Things
- Environmental Change