Science at Petersfield Infant School
At Petersfield Infant School, we aim to provide the children with many experiences of the world around them, including how and why things work, grow and change. We try to instill awe and wonder into their learning. Science needs to be practical – a subject based on investigation and discovery. The children are encouraged to ask questions and complete investigations to make their own conclusions.
In year R the children learn about Science through the EYFS subject, Knowledge and Understanding of the World. During their Discovery Time children are faced with problem solving and investigative activities to enable them to learn about the world around them. The children make their own observations of change through discussions and regular trips to Petersfield Heath.
In Year One, the children begin to cover the wide range of KS1 topics in the Science Curriculum. They learn about animal habitats, materials and growth of plants through termly topics which are enhanced by regular investigations. Throughout the Year the children complete a Longitudinal Study where they can track the changed in their local environment and make observations of our seasons. They also visit Petersfield Heath for a morning of fun activities as nature detectives and are encouraged to take their learning outside of the classroom regularly.
In Year Two, the children continue their journey through the KS1 Science Curriculum and continue to carry out investigations. In this year the children learn about forces, animal survival and time lines and continue to learn about plant growth. In this year group the children complete a seperate Longitudinal Study to continue to develop their understanding of the environment. In Year Two the children are encouraged to explain their answers and evaluate their findings.
Each year the school has ‘Science Day’ where all children have the opportunity to experiment and investigate new realms of science which may not have been covered throughout the year. The days is fun-filled and sometimes messy! There is lots of fun to be had by all.