Our children are taught to develop investigative skills and an understanding of scientific principles using a variety of familiar contexts. Lessons are structured around the concepts of scientific enquiry, life processes and living things, materials and their properties and physical processes. Children are encouraged to ask and answer their own questions and use scientific language to talk about what they have found out and to communicate their ideas. Learning is done through the use of first-hand practical experiences and the use of appropriate books, photographs and videos. Children develop the skills of carrying out simple tests, drawing conclusions and relating these to their scientific understanding. They draw conclusions based on their observations, use evidence to justify their ideas and use their scientific knowledge and understanding to explain their findings.
The environment of the school itself plays an important part of the curriculum. There is a large environmental area (The David Clare Orchard), which is used to support learning in many areas of the curriculum.