Science teaching at Cherry Grove Primary School aims to give all children, from Nursery to Year 6, a strong understanding of the world around them. They do this whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them think scientifically, to gain an understanding of scientific processes and also an understanding of the uses and implications of Science today and for the future.
Knowledge: Specialist vocabulary and concepts are taught and developed. Children also learn about important scientists and their achievements.
Skills: Scientific enquiry skills are embedded in each topic the children study and these topics are revisited and developed throughout their time at school.
Experiences: Key concepts are reinforced through hands-on activities, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions. When possible, visiting workshops helps engage and build upon work in the classroom.
Careful curriculum planning ensures that our pupils build on existing knowledge and skills over the course of their Cherry Grove learning journey. This leads to better understanding, knowledge retention and engagement.
At Cherry Grove, children are encouraged to take part in activities which inspire them as scientists. Opportunities at Cherry Grove include:
- Key stage 1 science club, following the nationally accredited CREST Star scheme;
- Key stage 2 science club, following the nationally accredited CREST SuperStar scheme;
- Mad Science club, which is organised by an external provider;
- The Polar Explorer programme, with inspirational visitors and hands-on practical investigations;
- Visits to Manchester Museum of Science and Industry;
- Visits to nature reserves which enable children to develop an understanding of the links between living things and their habitats;
- Chester Zoo visits and workshops;
- Safari park visits;
- Participation in national science events, such as BBC Live Science.