Science offers children the ability to access a wealth of knowledge and information which will contribute to an overall understanding of how and why things work as they do. A basic human motivator is to try to understand WHY. Why did something happen? How does something work? Children are naturally curious and are always keen to answer questions. Our aim at Chilwell Croft Academy is to nurture this sense of curiosity and intrigue that children have and enable everyone to develop their understanding. We aim to do this in an enjoyable and exciting way that develops a love for the subject.

The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future

Each week children are taught a science, with the lessons lasting between 60 and 90 minutes depending on the age of the child. Children are naturally curious and the curriculum devised at Chilwell Croft Academy reflects this with a range of areas covered including plants and animals, materials, forces and many more.

In Early years children explore scientific concepts through play. Investigative skills developed at this early stage are added to as children progress through the year groups. Children learn to make predictions on what they think is going to happen, plan a method for conducting a fair test and analysing and evaluating the results that they have found. As these skills are added to each year, children become more confident at investigating questions. By year six children should be able to plan and carry out a full fair investigation to answer a question. In science we often investigate questions in small groups. This allows children to develop social and collaborative skills that become increasingly relevant as children become older. Many of the skills that we develop in Science can also be applied to other subjects with children questioning.