At Knightlow pupils gain scientific understanding from the moment they begin to interact with their surroundings. In the early stages of development children begin to establish how things in their environment react and behave. They enjoy the opportunity to explore, to create, to invent and to enjoy. They discover and use their senses of hearing, seeing, touching, smelling and tasting. Children are also able to grow their investigative and analytical skills using our extensive grounds and the facilities offered in Forest School.
When pupils learn Science they are obtaining a set of skills and a body of knowledge that will be required for the essential routines of life; for work, for pleasure and for creativity in the future. Science really is an integral and essential component of the whole curriculum. They are encouraged to develop an understanding of our world and the environment and making sense of it, primarily through exploration, investigation and independent learning of scientific principles.
Knightlow use 'Switched On Science' as a core learning scheme, which provides a varied and challenging range of lessons to meet the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum.
Hands - On Science
Year 6 have been exploring the Circulatory system as part of their Science topic - Staying Alive.
Mrs Hawkins came into school to run a workshop about heart dissection. Pupils examined the four chambers of the heart as well as the aorta and pulmonary vein. Year 6 were fascinated and inspired to find out more. Watch this space for details of our First Aid workshops booked as a result of the children's enthusiasm for the topic...
Year 3 spend the evening exploring Space during their one-night residential. They reinforce their learning in the classroom with different activities and experiences. Pupils even launch a rocket (with the support of Mr Lintell our parent science expert) and star gaze. The evening ends with a space-related film, hot chocolate and the night in a tent with their friends.