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Stanford Infant School


Our Statement of Intent

At Stanford Infant School, we aspire for all children to see themselves as Scientists, with a strong sense of the world in which they live in now and with an understanding of their role/place in it as it continues to ever-change and evolve. Creativity, collaboration and critical thinking are all embedded within our Science curriculum. Through purposeful planning and opportunities for them to carry out their own enquiries the children are able to discover the answers to their own scientific questions in all disciplines of the Science curriculum. Our Science curriculum enables children to learn from first-hand experiences and extends their knowledge outside of the classroom. This makes it more meaningful, memorable and exciting in their journey of scientific interest and curiosity.

Understanding the World - Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage EYFS 2021

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community. The frequency and range of children’s personal experiences increases their knowledge and sense of the world around them – from visiting parks, libraries and museums to meeting important members of society such as police officers, nurses and firefighters. In addition, listening to a broad selection of stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems will foster their understanding of our culturally, socially, technologically and ecologically diverse world. As well as building important knowledge, this extends their familiarity with words that support understanding across domains. Enriching and widening children’s vocabulary will support later reading comprehension.


Purpose of Study – National Curriculum 2014

A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.