The Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all children 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.
We encourage children to be inquisitive throughout their time at Tithe Farm and beyond. The Science curriculum fosters a healthy curiosity in children about our universe and promotes respect for the living and non-living. We believe science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. We have worked hard to raise the profile of science in our school, through Science weeks, science trips and after school science clubs.
We are currently working with The Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) project. This project is based at Bath Spa University and funded by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). TAPS aims to develop support for a valid, reliable and manageable system of primary school science assessment which will have a positive impact on children’s learning. This approach supports teachers and pupils to focus of one aspect of enquiry at a time, within the context of a whole investigation. These investigations are mostly themed around the topic, but some are stand alone.
In Reception, there are a large group of children whose baseline assessments would indicate that they are working below age related expectation in Knowledge and understating of the World. Science in early years is based around exploring and experiencing aspects of the world and there are many options to explore materials, states of matter, growth etc. As they continue to explore and inquire through the ‘In the Moment’ planning, children make rapid progress.