Science is an essential learning area. At Te Huruhi School we develop children’s skills vital to the investigation, understanding and explanation of our natural physical world and the wider universe.
Through the overarching strand the Nature of Science, children learn what science is and how scientists work through understanding about science, investigating in science, communicating in science and participating and contributing to science. They develop the knowledge, attitudes and values to build a foundation for understanding the world.
The Te Huruhi School Science Learning Progressions are linked to the Nature of Science strand and is used to monitor, assess and plan learning programmes to cater to the students’ personal learning needs.
The teachers at Te Huruhi School use a wide selection of resources to deliver rich, varied and interactive science programmes. This should be a balance of explicit science teaching, expanding children’s curiosity through discovery and inquiry and connecting science to ‘real’ contexts such as STEM or citizen science projects.
These programmes provide differentiated, and often ‘hands-on’ learning experiences in real life contexts that engage children in their learning. Children begin to use the specialised language and symbols of science when they question, predict, discuss and explain their scientific findings.
The teaching and learning of science at Te Huruhi School is tailored to the needs of the individual child using a variety of approaches and making connections and links to prior knowledge. In science there is a need for differentiation when questioning, applying mathematics skills, and catering for different levels of achievement in reading and writing.
Teachers will use children’s experiences as a starting point when planning an inquiry and exploring new science concepts. Scientific methods, experiments and investigations will be accessible for the learner through the use of appropriate resources.
Teacher responsiveness to individual learning needs will provide opportunities for students to communicate their learning in a variety of ways. This will contribute to supporting, consolidating and challenging student thinking and raising student achievement in science.
As with all subjects teachers will use evidence to inform teaching and learning, and teachers will reflect on the impact of their practice.