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Alderbury and West Grimstead Church of England Primary School

"Foundations for Life"

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Being Scientists involves children investigating and discovering the world around them. These activities help children gather the experience and confidence needed to understand the world in which they live.


We aim to equip our pupils to be Scientists.


Pupils are encouraged to question and investigate in order to gain a fuller knowledge and understanding of the world.  Pupils are encouraged to develop scientific thinking.


Specifically, we encourage pupils to:  

  • Observe objects, events & processes, and look for patterns. 
  • Formulate their own ideas and hypotheses and to investigate and experiment to test their ideas. 
  • Develop positive attitudes of curiosity, creativity, critical reflection, perseverance and open-mindedness. 
  • Develop a respect for all living things and an awareness of and concern for environmental and social issues.
  • Understand the relevance of Science to the real world of technology, business and industry.  


Learners are taught that science can be used to make changes and that science has a huge impact on society over time. This progresses from a more simple task of making a hat that can function (What is my hat made of?) to developing an idea, using science, to help the homeless in Year 5 (How can science help the homeless?).


Other enquiries teach the science and then give learners the opportunity to express what they have learnt through a secondary state of being. The Year 1 enquiry, What am I? gives learners the opportunity to compare the physical features of the different animal groups but then leads to expressing these differences through music and dance. The Year 6 enquiry, Linnaeus and Darwin, how are they connected? Gives learners the opportunity to classify animals and plants, to learn about adaptation and evolution but within this create their own herbariums with botanical drawings.