This year we will take great strides to develop creativity through science. We aim to teach science through developing investigative skills, using practical approaches. This can be seen throughout all classrooms, with the development of scientific investigation areas designed to challenge pupils' understanding of different topics, through questions and practical use of scientific equipment.
At the start of a new topic, teachers elicit children's ideas about the topic, which are then probed and challenged through questioning and investigation. We have also introduced teaching resources, which encourage scientific enquiry, and help raise questions within peer groups. These investigations and questions develop numerous skills and understanding, which include predicting, making observations, taking measurements, considering and evaluating evidence.
Throughout the topic, teachers assess and evaluate children's understanding, to inform their future planning. At the end of the topic teachers' use assessments to support their awareness of the child’s understanding. The levels children obtain are put into a tracking system. As well as indicating levels, this tracking system enables teachers to identify children's strengths and weaknesses and adapt their teaching to support children more effectively.