Science at Garfield

At Garfield we believe that science allows our children to learn about and understand the world around them through a wide range inspirational and engaging activities. They are taught essential aspect of scientific knowledge, processes and investigations through National Curriculum topics which enable them to have both indoor and outdoor experiences.

Each science topic is primarily based around one of the three core disciplines biology, physics and chemistry with children touching on all three each year. Children build on previous knowledge acquired, extend scientific vocabulary and are able to use technical terminology more accurately and precisely throughout their primary years.

Children learn the following skills in science lessons:- observing, classifying, predicting, measuring, testing, investigating, communicating using scientific vocabulary, recording using drawings, tables and charts and working safely.  They also learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way science will affect their future on a personal, national, and global level.

To support the subject we also provide children with hands-on experiences through educational visits where they are also encouraged to investigate and explore beyond their classroom environment.   As well as making use of our outdoor areas and local parks, regular trips to enhance and deepen learning are planned during the year. These include visits to the Science Museum, Natural History Museum, London Zoo, Freightliners City Farm, Trent Park Forest, The Royal Observatory and Kew Gardens.

Science is taught through cross-curricular topics as outlined on our curriculum maps and links are made where possible to other areas of the curriculum eg maths, English, PSHE, PE and ICT. Making links with science and following their curiosity at home are also promoted through homework. Specialist visitors are invited to talk to the children and a whole school Science Day help to further develop a passion for the subject.