At Trawden Forest Primary School, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. Science in our school is about developing children’s ideas through enquiry, as well as using and applying process skills. The staff at Trawden Forest ensure that all children are exposed to high quality teaching and learning experiences, which allow children to explore their outdoor environment and locality, thus developing their scientific enquiry, investigative skills and love of Science. They are immersed in scientific vocabulary, which aids children’s knowledge and understanding not only of the topic they are studying, but of the world around them. Furthermore, we believe this will inspire pupils to develop their curiosity and fascination about the natural and man-made world and a respect for the environment that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
There is much evidence linking children’s motivation through enquiry with their acquisition of scientific knowledge and understanding. As children move into the early years foundation stage (EYFS) and then Key Stage 1 (age 5-7), these ideas can sometimes conflict with the recognised conceptual ideas of Science as stated in the curriculum. Scientific enquiry therefore enables teachers to gauge an understanding of children’s alternative ideas or misconceptions, so that teachers can provide opportunities to reconstruct children’s scientific understanding (Allen, 2014). The importance of using alternative ideas as a starting point to develop children’s scientific ideas, knowledge and understanding is clearly recognised (Harlen & Qualter, 2014).
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