“The important thing is to not stop questioning; curiosity has its own reason for existing.”

Albert Einstein

At Hempland, we strive to deliver an exciting and ‘hands-on’ science curriculum, which encourages knowledgeable and curious young scientists who ask questions, explore and investigate the world around them. We want our children to develop enquiring minds and thinking skills and offer them opportunities to work collaboratively. Our science curriculum prepares our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world and provides moments of awe and wonder, and creates a buzz for all.

What Science looks like at Hempland

Teachers create a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in science. Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of science involves the following:

  • Developing pupils’ interest in, and enjoyment of, science. By building on children’s curiosity, our science curriculum will help to instil a positive attitude towards science in pupils.
  • We follow the National Curriculum programmes of study for KS1 and KS2 and EYFS which ensures consistency and progression across all key stages within the strands of Science.
  • ‘Hands on’ practical lessons encourage children to think about their own understanding of the world, to ask questions and to explore ways in which these questions can be answered through investigation using their scientific skills.
  • Children are taught how to make predictions, plan investigations, keep tests fair, use equipment safely, measure and record their results, draw conclusions and present their results in a variety of ways including graphs, charts, photos, videos, diagrams and tables.
  • Working scientifically is at the heart of the science curriculum. Children learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions. In every year group children will use the 5 types of scientific enquiry which include: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing and researching using secondary sources.
  • Science is taught and planned in topic blocks as discrete lessons and linked to topic themes.
  • Science lessons in particular are used to support STEM learning.
  • Scientific language is taught and built upon as topics are revisited in different year groups and across key stages.
  • Each classroom has an interactive and hands-on science area displaying the topic, science vocabulary, key scientists and questions to help with scientific enquiries.
  • Trips and visits from experts enhance the learning experience throughout school.
  • Children visit Forest schools to learn about nature and to explore the natural environment.

How we entwine Science with our Hempland school values

Respect

Children develop their skills of co-operation through working with and respecting the ideas of others. We foster a respect for the environment that will remain with the children for the rest of their lives and a respect for the achievements of scientists from the past.

Opportunity

Children have the opportunity to take part in extra-curricular science and STEM clubs. We hold Science and STEM weeks and work alongside STEM professionals through the STEM Ambassador programme.

Ambition

We aim to distil a lifelong love of science within all of our pupils, inspiring the children to pursue a career in science. We aim to prepare all children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world by developing their skills for learning, life and work.

Resilience

When carrying out experiments, children are taught the skills and resilience to have a go, then adapt and try again to achieve a better outcome. “I have not failed; I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas Edison

How we know our Science curriculum is successful

  • Children will enjoy and are enthusiastic about science both in and out of school.
  • Children will become resilient, independent and curious scientists who ask questions and find things out for themselves.
  • Children will be enthusiastic and motivated scientific learners.
  • Children will have a positive experience of science, so that they will develop a deep and lasting interest and may be motivated to study science further.
  • Children will make good progress in their science knowledge and understanding.