Science at The Downs has been developed to provide a progressive curriculum that builds year on year with topics being taught across the key stages and revisited enabling the children to build on prior knowledge and increase their enthusiasm whilst embedding this procedural knowledge into long term memory.
In order to achieve this, the aim is to give all children experiences that encourage development of a range of transferrable skills. Hooks including visits and experience days encourage inquisitive and independent learners through carefully chosen groupings to scaffold all learners and thoughtful questioning encourages deeper thinking and retrieval of learned knowledge. Specialist vocabulary is available for all children to use pre-teaching and during learning opportunities and a variety of learning styles is catered for through words, pictures and hands-on learning. Children are given time to make links to their own lives and science is taught through a range of cross-curricular themes.
“In the end we can never be given knowledge by others: we can only be stimulated. We must develop our own knowledge.” (Charles.T.Tart)
British science week March 2023
All classes took part in the 'Bridge Blunder Challenge' where they were able to design and create a bridge to hold as much weight as possible. Miss Chantler evaluated all of the bridges and the winners were 1H from KS1, their bridge held 375g and 4T from KS2, their bridge held 5.2KG!
Here are some of our amazing posters showing the investigation process.