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Nightingale Infant

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Nightingale Infant and Nursery School 



At Nightingale Infant and Nursery School, we encourage a hands-on curiosity for exploration of the world. We aim for the children to develop their ideas and ways of working that will enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through practical investigation. We develop pupils’ enjoyment and interest in science and build on their enthusiasm, encouraging children to ask questions, experiment, reflect, make and learn from mistakes and acquire and apply skills which equip them for an ever-changing world. 



At Nightingale Infant and Nursery School, Science is taught following the aims and content of the National Curriculum. It is, where possible, taught through creative topic based work based on high-quality books derived from the “Power of Reading” scheme. The children are encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice. They are helped to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions, including observing changes over a period of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative tests, and finding things out using for example, books, photographs and videos. We encourage our children to use simple scientific language to talk about what they have found out and appropriate scientific equipment to perform tests and investigations. Children communicate and record their ideas and findings in a variety of ways including drawings, writing, charts and tables. 

We have a stimulating outdoor learning environment where children can explore a variety of trees, identify a range of wild flowers, investigate mini-beasts and animals and work directly in the environment using our outdoor classroom. 



 At Nightingale Infant and Nursery School we develop, deliver and monitor a science curriculum to ensure that children know more, remember more and can do more.  We evaluate the skills, knowledge and vocabulary that they have learned and remembered and assess how they will build on this to progress to the next stage of learning. We give them the knowledge, skills and vocabulary to continue their learning journey in science into Junior School and Key Stage 2 and, ultimately, to the more specific scientific disciplines of physics, chemistry and biology. 



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Scientific Vocabulary
Word Meaning Example
science  study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.   
fair test   a controlled investigation used to answer a question in a scientific way.   
invertebrates   animals who don't have a bony skeleton  insects, spiders, crabs 
vertebrates   animals with backbones / skeletons  amphibians, birds, fish, mammals and reptiles. 
ominivores   are animals who eat a mixture of plants and meat  foxes, hedgehogs, badgers 
carnivores   are animals who eat mainly meat and hunt their prey.  cats, otters, tawny owl 
herbivores   are animals whose diet mostly consists of plants.  Rabbits, deer, horses, sheep 


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