Pupils within the Pre-Prep department follow a science curriculum that offers them every opportunity to develop the knowledge and understanding of important scientific ideas, processes and skills and relate these to everyday experiences; learn about ways of thinking and of finding out about and communicating ideas and to explore values and attitudes through science.

The children take part in a variety of whole class teaching, group work and individual work, as appropriate - with access to an interactive whiteboard and computers to enhance teaching and learning. The extensive school grounds allow children to take full advantage of exploring their immediate environment. The core skills of Literacy, Numeracy and ICT are reinforced, developed and extended through the science curriculum.

We aim for all children to:

• be curious about things they observe, and experience and explore the world about them with all their senses;

• use this experience to develop their understanding of key scientific ideas and make links between different phenomena and experiences;

• begin to think about models to represent things they cannot directly experience;

• try to make sense of phenomena, seeking explanations and thinking critically about claims and ideas.

• acquire and refine the practical skills needed to investigate questions safely;

• develop skills of predicting, asking questions, making inferences, concluding and evaluating based on evidence and understanding and use these skills in investigative work;

• practise mathematical skills and learn why numerical and mathematical skills are useful and helpful to understanding.

• read non-fiction and extract information from sources such as reference books or CD-ROMs.

• develop a respect for the environment and living things and for their own health and safety.

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