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Summerlea CP School Growing thoughtful learners and independent thinkers


At Summerlea School we ignite pupils’ curiosity and encourage them to explore and discover the world around them through investigating, questioning and through exciting learning experiences. Children will be taught how to think like a scientist - to observe, to hypothesise, to predict and conclude. They will make links and connections between their learning so their knowledge is secure.

*Children will lead their learning

*Children will question their own understanding

*Children will understand and use scientific vocabulary

*Children will use their learning and enquiry skills in the future

*Children will be encouraged to get answers from trial and error

When describing this vision, the scientific enquiry and knowledge is carefully organised by each year group through knowledge organisers; a year group long-term plan and sequentially into a short-term plan which articulates the content knowledge, vocabulary and skills at a greater level. It is our intention that children are able to lead their own learning when investigating, they are given a question and resources and allowed to explore with the teacher facilitating and assisting through guidance and questioning.

As children progress through the year groups, they build on their skills in working scientifically, as well as on their scientific knowledge, as they develop greater independence in planning and carrying out fair and comparative tests to answer a range of scientific questions. Children will learn about a different scientist each month with the objective to focus on different ethnicities, backgrounds and genders to grab children’s curiosity and teach them that science can be found everywhere.