At Pentland Infant and Nursery School we believe that a broad and balanced science education is the entitlement of all children. Science is about giving children the tools to develop their ideas and ways of working that enable them to understand the world through investigation with independence, resilience and enjoyment. We encourage this by providing children with experiences extending beyond the national curriculum, such as inviting in visitors and holding themed science days in school.
Children learn by playing with things in their world. They pick up clues about what they see, touch, smell, taste and hear in order to makes sense of it all. Eventually they come to conclusions which they match up with all the experiences they have had. Children take a second, careful look at the world. By talking together children can be encouraged to explore and observe so that they can group objects and events and look for similarities and differences. They measure and record the things they have found out in ways that make sense to them so that later they can talk to other people about what they have discovered. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.