Science learning at Sarisbury aims to stimulate an active curiosity in order to help the children find out why things happen and begin to make sense of the world around them. In particular, science teaches methods of enquiry and investigation in order to draw inferences, form hypotheses and reach conclusions. By learning about a wide range of living things, materials, phenomena, the significance of discoveries by real scientists and through asking questions about the real world, children will acquire scientific skills and knowledge. They will begin to appreciate the way science will affect their future on a personal, national and global level. Children are encouraged to investigate, explore and discover through careful and safe experimentation; working on their own and with others. Children talk about their work and its significance, and communicate ideas using scientific language, diagrams, charts and graphs.
Science is organised into four strands:
focuses on the skills of gathering data and evidence through scientific investigation and analysing this data to reach conclusions. It is taught through the contexts of the other science strands.
Life Processes and Living Things
focuses on human growth and reproduction, green plants, variation and classification and living things in their environment.
Materials and their Properties
focuses on grouping and classifying materials, how materials change and separating mixtures of materials
focuses on electricity, forces and motion, light and sound and the Earth and beyond.