Science in the Junior school involves fun filled lessons where children learn through investigatory approaches and discovery learning. Children develop skills by working scientifically and investigating which is at the heart of the Science Curriculum. Children are encouraged to work as scientists as they investigate and explore their physical and natural surroundings. These first-hand experiences help them to find answers to problems themselves by exploring their own environment. The curriculum supports children in developing skills of enquiry during this investigative work: observing, asking questions, suggesting explanations, predicting outcomes, planning investigations or experiments to test ideas and drawing conclusions. Children are given the opportunity to design and make things during the year.
The Science Curriculum includes four strands:
- Living things
- Energy and forces
- Environmental awareness and care
Each strand is subdivided into strand units which focus on particular concepts.