Our aim at St Michael’s Infant school is to provide a Science curriculum which builds on our children’s natural curiosity and enables them to experience the joy of finding things out for themselves. Our curriculum allows the children ‘to experience and observe phenomena, looking more closely at the natural and humanly-constructed world around them’ in line with the National Curriculum Guidelines. Through hands on exploration of materials, ingredients and seasonal changes, children in year R are encouraged to notice similarities, differences, pattern and change. Building on these experiences, Year 1 explore the local environment and learn the names of common plants, flowers, trees and animals they find in the school grounds and nearby green spaces. They experiment with materials that would be suitable to build a castle or a home for the three little pigs and learn subject specific vocabulary such as carnivore, omnivore and herbivore when grouping animals. Year 2 children learn about the importance of a balanced diet and exercise, determine whether things are living, dead or were never alive, compare habitats and micro habitats and visit RHS Wisley to bring their learning to life! Teachers actively encourage children to ask simple questions, perform simple tests, suggest answers to their questions and record their work in a way that is meaningful to them. By the end of KS1 we hope to have learners who are confident to explore the world around them, explain what they have seen, make predictions and investigate why these things have happened, to develop a deeper understanding of the ever changing world we live in.

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