At Ridgeway, we follow the current National Curriculum for Science developing scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. We believe that children are best able to reach their full learning potential when they are able to gain a wide range of experiences through exploration, discovery and collaboration. Science in our school aims to stimulate and excite pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. It aims to develop children’s ideas and ways of working scientifically, giving a practical way of finding reliable answers to questions that they may ask, supported with the use of other sources of information.
Our teachers use precise questioning in class to assess conceptual knowledge and skills, in order to identify those children with gaps in learning, so that all children are successful. We build upon the learning and skill development of previous years. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases, and they become more proficient in selecting, using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results, they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to draw their own conclusions to their individual lines of enquiry.
Our schools's thematic approach enables Science to be taught in a creative and engaging way. By promoting links between science and other areas of the curriculum children develop a deeper understanding of the subject.
Science is an exciting part of learning for children here at Ridgeway, with many varied enrichment opportunities. This includes whole school focus of the science curriculum during our 'Everybody Loves Learning' weeks, where pupils take part in a range of creative sessions linking to the world around them, making science relevent.
Our stimulating Forest School allows children to become immersed in the science with our inspirational Forest Schoool leader. Children are encouraged to continue their learning outside of the classroom through the introduction our Acorn Awards, where children are set a series of challenges to engage with their environment.
Regular and relevent visits are integrated into the curriculum to provide enrichment. These visits include those within the local community and further afield accessing outdoor learning and workshops with experts.