Science at Manor Field Infant School
Science is a body of knowledge built up through experimental testing of ideas. Science at Manor Field Infant School stimulates and excites children’s curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. Science links practical experience with ideas. It develops children’s observational, investigative and communication skills through first-hand experience and secondary sources such as books, charts, DVDs and ICT. Science prepares our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world. It fosters concern about, and active care for, our environment and helps our children acquire a growing understanding of scientific ideas. Science helps develop and extend our children’s scientific concept of their world and lays the foundation for healthy lifestyles and awareness of our bodies. We value science as a vehicle for the development of language skills, and we encourage our children to talk constructively about their science experiences.
Curriculum Provision and Skills Progression
Knowledge and Understanding of the World - Foundation Stage
In Foundation Stage the children have been exploring dinosaurs in the project 'Do you think they saurus? They helped to hatch a dinosaur egg looking at the changes using a magnifying glass. The children have been using their senses to explore and have been encouraged to ask questions about why things happen.
Year 2 - Science Materials
In Year 2 we are looking at everyday materials and explore their weight, size, shape and water absorption and how forces affect how things move. The children had to decide which material would be best to build a lifeboat. Do the materials float or sink? Why is it important for a lifeboat to float?
The children worked in groups exploring the materials and testing them to discover if they would sink or float. They then recorded their findings.
In Year 1 we are looking at how trees change throughout the year. We will be comparing the differences and changes and describing the effects that are taking place over time. We have chosen a tree in the school grounds and we will study the changes that have occurred each half term
As a class we drew a picture of the Autumn tree and make a class book for our reading area.
Year 1 Longitudinal study - Autumn
Year 1 Longitudinal Study - Winter
Year 2 Longitudinal Study
In Year 2 we are looking at how our local environment can be a good habitat for minibeasts. We will record our findings using a tally chart and re visit the local environment each half term. We have made a class book with photographs and will compare similarities and differences throughout the year.
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