Science teaching at High Down Schools aims to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically, to gain an understanding of scientific processes and also an understanding of the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future. We strive to ensure that the lessons we deliver achieve the three aims of the science national curriculum so that pupils understand and have the skills to engage with and apply this knowledge.
We recognise and value the importance of scientific enquiry. All children are encouraged to be curious and use a range of skills including observations, planning and investigations. They are encouraged to question the world around them and become independent learners in exploring possible answers for their scientific based questions. They gather evidence, test hypothesis and evaluate processes and outcomes. Specialist vocabulary for topics is taught and built up, and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged.
We also encourage the children to consider environmental issues and we are very proud of our eco commitment at school and the respect the children show for our planet. Children are invited to join the eco club (who also enhance the green areas around our school) and the Trash Mob (linked with Surfers against Sewage) who keep our school litter free and help us to reduce our plastic use. Our Y5 children take part in an Earthkeepers project and undertake three days of hands-on ecological activities and magical experiences at Tyntesfield (see information about Earthkeepers below)