Science provides our children the foundation for understanding the world around them and allows them not only to learn about the world they live in, but also how to study it and make sense of various phenomena.
At White Cliffs, our Science Curriculum not only encompasses the formal requirements of the National Curriculum but goes beyond the experiences of the classroom to ensure that our children are exposed to the richest and most varied opportunities that we can provide. Our Science learning is enriched with experiences that reflect the individual nature of our school and community, which ensure more meaningful and purposeful learning experiences for our children. For example, our children go river dipping in the River Dour to further develop their ability to classify and identify a variety of living things and consider how environmental changes can pose danger to living things in our local area. Our children also visit an observatory to develop their understanding of Earth and space, and consider how investigations and findings from scientists in the local area can support the development of theory across the globe.
Cross-curricular links are made where the learning of both subjects is enhanced, and this leads to creative and exciting learning opportunities for our children. Skills and knowledge are taught discretely in subject areas, so the children gain a broad and in-depth understanding of and develop their disciplinary and substantive knowledge in Science. For example, in Year 6 the children apply their understanding of reflection and how light travels to the context of blackouts during WWII. Our Science Curriculum content has been carefully chosen and sequenced in a meaningful way that enables children to make connections and progress across a sequence of lessons, terms and years.