Science

The aims of teaching science at Downham Preparatory School are consistent with our school’s philosophy, and takes account of the National Curriculum Non-Statutory Guidance for Science.

 The Aims of Science are:-

  • To enable children to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world they live in, through investigation of that world.

  • To provide a Science Curriculum which is broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated.

  • To fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Science.

  • To ensure the progressive development of scientific concepts, knowledge, skills and attitudes.

  • To enable children to work scientifically in a range of appropriate contexts using a variety of materials and equipment.

  • To promote positive attitudes towards, and enthusiasm for, Science work in school.

  • To provide a balanced range of science activities as an integral part of the curriculum.

  • To ensure continuity and progression in science work from Year 1 to Year 6 by means of structural planning.

  • To incorporate opportunities to develop basic scientific skills, attitudes and knowledge appropriate to the development of the child.

  • To provide opportunities for children to acquire practise and develop scientific skills and strategies through an activity-based programme centred on investigations.

  • To provide flexible ways of working-including class, group and individual.

Judged by Ofsted to be OUTSTANDING in March 2009 and OUTSTANDING in ALL Areas in November 2014. See the full report on the Ofsted website.