Science at Westminster
Lead: Rebecca Dugdale
“The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he’s one who asks the right questions.” ― Claude Levi-Strauss
At Westminster, we aim to provide a varied and interesting curriculum for our children. We work hard to ensure that we plan for cross-curricular links within our science lessons. These include ICT, DT, Maths, English and Drama.
We give children the opportunity to experiment, investigate and ask questions about science.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Westminster, your child will start to gain the science knowledge that they'll build on throughout their primary school years, such as developing their skills of observation, prediction, critical thinking and discussion. We do this through the area of the curriculum ‘Understanding the World’. Children’s progress and achievements are assessed against the Early Learning Goals at the end of reception. The activities are planned in a cross curricular way through topic areas that are interesting and enjoyable.
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future
In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, Science is taught discretely and with cross curricular links when possible, linked to the children's current topic.
Lessons are planned to cover the relevant key science skills and knowledge for each year group. Enquiry is an important part of the science curriculum with a particular importance placed on children working practically so that they can make discoveries for themselves and ask ‘big’ questions.
At Westminster, children are given the skills to complete an investigation and by Upper Key Stage 2, children should have the ability to plan, carry out and write up full investigations.
Children are creative, open minded, investigators and here at Westminster, we provide the time and encouragement for children to develop their scientific enquiry from the Early Years up to Year 6.
Science at Home
Science is a subject that relates to our understanding of the processes of the world around us. As such, it is one of the most relevant subjects that children can engage with at home. At Westminster, we actively encourage children to continue their investigations at home, and even try some new ones. Below are some websites you might find useful to help your child learn Science at home
Primary Science www.primaryscience.ie/activities_activity_movies.php
The Artful Parent artfulparent.com/childrens-artful-science-experiments
National Geographic Kids ngkids.co.uk/
Science Activities and Experiments www.education.com/activity/kindergarten/science/
The Science Museum www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/