At The Vale Primary, we aim to inspire the scientists of tomorrow through an engaging and hands-on curriculum. We have a structure whereby we ensure the children use the following range of scientific enquiry skills.
We follow the National Curriculum, ensuring there is progression, practical work, challenge and outdoor learning.
As a school, we realise the importance of using real life experiences and invite visitors in, take trips out and explore the local environment to enhance the children’s learning as much as possible. Visitors include scientists to share their knowledge, STEM ambassadors, scientific companies, such as Phizers and people whose careers involve science.
Another important and exciting day in the Science calendar here at The Vale is the Science Fair. Children have the option to take part and possibly become crowned The Vale Scientist of the Year. Winners from each phase, along with the overall winner, will head to Royal Holloway, University of London, to take part in the Grand Final with other GLF schools to have the chance of being named GLF Scientist of the Year! Please see the slide show attached for more information.
Science Lead: Ms Debbie Amos
At The Vale, our pupils learn about many different aspects of science including the natural world, forces, electricity, changes of state and materials. We always teach the subject in ‘real world’ contexts that demonstrate how science affects and enhances our daily lives. We teach our pupils how to think scientifically about the world around them and to question what they see.
Instilling a sense of wonder and amazement in our pupils and teaching Science enquiry skills are at the heart of what we teach in Science at The Vale we apply a child-led, enquiry based approach to science teaching. As much as possible our pupils design and lead their own investigations and experiments. We believe passionately that our pupils learn the most about science when they are challenged to explore and discover things for themselves. Our grounds and surrounding areas are a tremendous resource, which provide invaluable opportunities for learning about science. As a school, we try where possible to do outdoor/hands on learning.