In science, children develop their natural curiosity through a sense of excitement, questioning, experimenting and analysing to develop scientific skills as well as knowledge. At Horton Kirby Church of England Primary School we cover a wide range of topics through following the Cornerstones Curriculum which takes children through ‘4 Cornerstones of Learning’; ‘Engage’ children by stimulating their curiosity, ‘Develop’ new skills and knowledge, ‘Innovate’ using skills and knowledge and apply them in new contexts, ‘Express’ giving the opportunity to reflect on knowledge and celebrate achievements. This approach naturally engages children’s sense of curiousity, awe and wonder for our world. Science will continue to shape and change our world and all of our pupils will be taught the essential aspects of not only their scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding, but also the methods, processes and uses of science in the world today.
How to help at home
Children love to ask questions about the world around them and they can frequently open a line of inquiry which only David Attenborough himself could satisfy. However, these moments can be great learning opportunities, especially as the internet leaves a wealth of information at your fingertips. Simply say to your child, ‘Let’s find out together.’ Then watch a youtube video or look at a website to find the answer. Other great ways to nurture an interest in science are: visit the science museum, which has some excellent displays; go on a nature walk to look for mini-beasts or pull go ‘pond-dipping’ in a local pond, lake or stream.