'Teachers use their excellent subject knowledge and well developed questioning skills to provide pupils with opportunities to demonstrate their deeper understanding of the topics they are studying. Foe example, astute questioning enabled pupils in a Year 5 science lesson to demonstrate their deepening understanding of the reliability of the experiments that they were conducting.'
(Taken from Ofsted report 2016)
Science is an integral part of all of our lives, with links to many other subjects, including maths and computing. At Highfields children are encouraged to investigate, solve problems and ask questions about a wide range of aspects of the world around them and to explore aspects of biology, chemistry and physics in the most practical and engaging ways possible.
We have developed good links with the local high school which has given us access to greater range of resources and the opportunity to have lessons in the science labs which are led by the High School staff.
Educational visits regularly have a science theme as their basis. Children are lucky that the school is situated near to a range of different environments which they can explore. In addition children have had the opportunity to experience pond dipping and animal encounters at local zoos. The extensive school grounds offer the chance for investigations to be carried out, including the growing of plants in the school garden.
The school also encourages parents to get involved in the science that their children do with an annual science morning. Parents are invited to spend time in school working with their children on a range of investigations.
Women in Science and Technology Week.
In the Spring Term we celebrated the achievements of a range of women from a variety of science and technology fields. These included the paleontologist Mary Anning, the cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the nurse Edith Cavell, the entymologist Maria Sibylla Meria and the conservationists Jane Goodall and Rachel Carson.