Curriculum overview
  • Science Curriculum

    In summary: the huge range of potential topics here can broadly be categorised into life science (plants, animals and people), earth and sky science and physical science.
  • A closer look

    Science is about discovery and children, therefore, are natural scientists. Our science programme is jam-packed with experiments of every persuasion – from volcanic Coca Cola to exploding “stick bombs” (they’re not dangerous!) – which will let children discover, question and explore. We’ll look carefully for opportunities to teach according to the children’s interests – when, for example, a child asks where rain comes from, we might take the opportunity to set up a “rain cloud in a jar” experiment. We might then expand into other areas of the curriculum by making rain sticks (music), splashing in puddles (if the weather allows) and exploring the properties of water (more science). In spring, we will watch butterflies emerge from a chrysalis, look at colour mixing with butterfly paintings, visit the butterflies at Shrewsbury Park and make a huge butterfly sculpture to explore insects’ body parts. Tending to the produce in our vegetable patch will be a fantastic opportunity to teach children about life cycles, growth, germination, symbiosis, pollination, photosynthesis and healthy eating, amongst other things. Some of our other exciting experiments include turning a cabbage into a pH indicator, making a potato into a battery and turning celery blue (to teach capillary action, of course!).