The Subject Leader is: Mr T. Rush
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At Fairhaven Primary School, our vision is to develop children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live. By strengthening the children’s scientific knowledge, investigative and practical skills and their ability to make enquiry we aim to develop a culture of independence, self-discipline and a deep-rooted love of learning.
We aim to make our Science curriculum as engaging and practical as possible to give the children the best opportunity to maximise their learning potential, whatever their preferred learning style.
When our children talk about Science at Fairhaven Primary School we want their words to be full of enthusiasm and excitement.
OUR SCIENCE CURRICULUM
Click the link to view the National Curriculum for Science document that outlines the knowledge and skills learned throughout Key Stage 1 and 2.
Our robust curriculum has been designed to ensure a full and comprehensive coverage of all the statutory skills as well as providing opportunities for children to take their learning beyond the curriculum by attending science-themed school visits, engaging in exciting workshops and embarking on projects of research and self-discovery.
At Fairhaven Primary School children in our Foundation stage will be introduced to science through the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum Guidance. The Early Learning Goals (ELGs) for ‘Knowledge and Understanding of the World’ forms the foundation for later work in Science, (Design and Technology, History, Geography and Computing). Wherever possible, the children are provided with activities based on first-hand experience that encourage exploration, observation, problem solving, prediction, critical thinking, decision making and discussion. We provide an environment with a wide range of indoor and outdoor experiences that stimulate their interest and curiosity. At Fairhaven Primary School children are provided with a broad range of opportunities and experiences in science, enabling them to work towards their early learning goals.
At Fairhaven Primary School, children develop their understanding of the world around them on a daily basis, using their senses to explore and learn about objects and materials. Children are given holistic learning experiences, incorporating elements of science in their everyday activities.
In Science at Key Stage 1, the children are given immersive learning experiences, opportunities to observe scientific phenomena in the natural world around them and to contextualise their learning with real-life examples. They are encouraged to be inquisitive by asking questions and to discuss their own ideas. They are introduced to simple scientific language and, with this vocabulary, develop simple explanations of why things happen. The children's learning, throughout Key Stage 1, is taught heavily through practical investigation with age-appropriate theory taught in conjunction.
In Science at Key Stage 2, the children's knowledge and skills are developed by building on those concepts taught at Key Stage 1 in a progressive and timely manner. Throughout the learning journey in Key Stage 2 the children are taught to think like scientists, whereby they ask questions, hypothesise, plan and carry out investigative work and finally conclude their findings. We encourage our children to think outside the box and to challenge what they already know and the work of others. Through the exploration of famous scientists our children learn to see science in the real world and to understand where some of our most common every-day objects originate. The children's learning, throughout Key Stage 2, is taught through a balance of practical and theoretical activities that are supported by extra-curricular experiences that extend beyond the classroom.
To see how we map our Science curriculum across the school, click the links below:
Here you can see some of the answers our children gave when asked questions about their science learning at school.
British Science Week 2022
Thank you to everyone who helped to make British Science Week at Fairhaven Primary a huge success. The projects made for our science fairs were outstanding and the children said they had the most enjoyable time making things at home, exploring real-world applications of science in lessons and taking part in whole-school competitions.
Update: Thank you to everyone who entered the competition. Sadly, our school was not chosen for a prize. The winning entries can be viewed HERE.
Here is a sample of the children's science fair entries, centred around this year's theme of Growth.
British Science Week 2021
We have signed up to Bayer UK's annual poster competition. Bayer UK is a free laboratory service for school children, based in Reading. Every year they host a national competition where children are invited to design a new lab coat for a scientist. The winning entry will receive a prize for their school. This year the prize is a set of lab coats for the winning school as well as a range of other prizes. To enter, you must design a lab coat using the template below. Once it's complete, hand it in to your school before Friday 21st March.
Update: Thank you to everyone who entered the competition.