Science is a highly valued area of the curriculum at Kensington Primary school and is taught in line with the new National curriculum. Through Science we aim to develop curiosity, enjoyment, skills and a growing understanding of scientific knowledge in all of our pupils by allowing them to raise questions and investigate the world in which they live. As a result, children gain a solid scientific knowledge and understanding as well as developing the skills necessary for testing and investigating.
What is Science?
Through the study of: Physics, Biology and Chemistry, Science is the beginning of understanding the world around us. Science helps children to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
The aims of teaching Science at KPS are:
Working scientifically specifies the understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science and underpins the teaching of Science at Kensington Primary School. Working scientifically skills are embedded into the curriculum through the following lines of enquiry:
Every year we organise a Science week with a particular focus, during which we have science presenters come in and host a variety of exciting workshops. Most importantly the children carry out a variety of fun, engaging investigations in and out of class in order to test and experience natural phenomena they might find challenging to understand. We also hold a science fair for parents where children lead, present and showcase their investigations.
Every half term, a child will be chosen by each class teacher to become a Super Scientist. These children demonstrate a passion for Science, great enthusiasm during lessons, natural abilities to question the world around and a desire to develop and lead a variety of Scientific Enquiries. These children are given a special certificate, alongside a lab coat and safety goggles they can wear whenever they are doing Science. They become the pupil voice for Science across the school and take part in important decisions and Science planning.
Interactive Science area
In this area children have access to a range of Science books which provide them with support to all units being taught in the New National curriculum. It also gives them the opportunity to access topics they would like to research or have particular interests in.
This area is also used for our Science club, which takes place at lunchtime every week. Children who are selected for the award of Super Scientists are given places to attend the club. At the club they are given the opportunity to take part in some very exciting investigations.
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Useful Science links for parents
Below are some websites where you can find fun, easy to manage investigations for you and your children to enjoy together: