Science teaching at Heyford Park Free School aims to provide children with firm roots in understanding the world around them. We follow the Science curriculum, introduced in 2014, which offers greater opportunities to develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding, as well as understanding the uses and implications of science today and for the future. The central aim is to build up a knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics but also includes opportunities to learn about famous scientists, such as Darwin and Linnaeus. We use a hands-on, learning-through-experience, approach in early years, which evolves through the key stages to introduce more scientific language and concepts.
Working scientifically is key to the understanding of nature, processes and methods of science for each year group. It runs through all strands of science and is not taught in isolation. As a result, our pupils develop enquiring minds and learn how to use a scientific approach to problem solving, through predicting, testing and analysing the results of those tests.