At Fair Field, we believe that scientific investigation is the principal focus of science teaching. This enables pupils to broaden their scientific view of the world around them and to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas, whilst promoting a love for enquiry and wanting to explore new things.
Lower key stage two: Years 3-4
The primary focus is to enable pupils to broaden their scientific view of the world around them. They should do this through exploring, talking about, testing and developing ideas about everyday phenomena and the relationships between living things and familiar environments, and by beginning to develop their ideas about functions, relationships and interactions. They should ask their own questions about what they observe and the best ways of answering them, including observing changes over time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative and fair tests and finding things out using secondary sources of information. They should draw simple conclusions use some key scientific vocabulary, first, to talk about and, later, to write about what they have found out.
Upper key stage 2: Years 5-6
The primary focus is to enable pupils to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas. They should do this through exploring and talking about their ideas; asking their own questions about scientific phenomena; and analysing functions, relationships and interactions more systematically. They should select the most appropriate ways to answer science questions using different types of scientific enquiry, including observing changes over different periods of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out comparative and fair tests and finding things out using a wide range of secondary sources of information. Pupils should draw conclusions based on their data and observations, use evidence to justify their ideas, and use their scientific knowledge and understanding to explain their findings.
As a school, we invest in the resources needed to facilitate learning in smaller groups. This allows encouragement of co-operation skills and that every child experiences science first hand.
Each year we celebrate Science through a Fair Field Science Week. The theme changes each year to develop a range of knowledge and understanding and most importantly enthuse the scientists of the future.