At Dundonald, we are committed to delivering an exciting, engaging and inclusive science curriculum, which develops children’s understanding of the world and their impact on it. Children are encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice, making meaningful links to real life contexts.
In KS1 and KS2, children are helped to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using the following types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions:
- Making observations over time
- Pattern seeking
- Identifying, classifying and grouping
- Comparative and fair testing
- Researching using secondary sources
Children also develop a range of ‘Working scientifically’ skills, such as planning an investigation, taking accurate measurements, gathering results, interpreting data and drawing conclusions. Opportunities for ‘working scientifically’ are embedded within the content of biology, chemistry and physics.
We supplement our science study whenever possible with hands on and practical experiences for the children such as trips to Kew Gardens or the Science or Natural History museums or more local facilities such as Morden Hall Park or Wimbledon Common.
Primary Science Quality Mark
In March 2021, we were very proud to be awarded the nationally recognised Primary Science Quality Mark.
The Primary Science Quality Mark programme focuses on developing effective, confident science leadership for whole school impact on science teaching and learning. Schools that achieve PSQM demonstrate commitment and expertise in science teaching and leadership.
The PSQM Award video can be found here.
Science at Home