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Being a Scientist

"We should not teach children the sciences but give them a taste for them." - Jean Jacques Rosseau

Lead Scientist: Roxy Jefferies


Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity.  At CCI we believe there is no age in which children should start to be curious about how things are made, how they work and what will happen in the future!

Through a hands on, enquiry based approach to the National Curriculum, we help develop a love of scientific curiosity for all pupils.  This is integrated into our curriculum as part Curious City; an enquiry led, local learning approach to the 2013 National Curriculum. 
Our aim is to promote and inspire future scientists through being a Scientist rather than ‘doing’ science as a single subject as science can span many subjects in many ways.



The Early Years Goals for Understanding the World are:


Past and Present

  • Talk about the lives of the people around them and their roles in society.

People, Culture and Communities

  • Describe their immediate environment using knowledge from observation, discussion, stories, non-fiction texts and maps

The Natural World

  • Explore the natural world around them, making observations and drawing pictures of animals and plants.
  • Know some similarities and differences between the natural world around them and contrasting environments, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class.
  • Understand some important processes and changes in the natural world around them, including the seasons and changing states of matter.


The National Curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:


  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future



Through a range of specifically designed cross-curricular enquires, learners are encouraged to ask scientific questions and use their own observations to help obtain an answer, observe closely using simple equipment, perform simple tests, identify and classify and record data in a variety of ways.  This will take place both indoors and outdoors and covering a variety of engaging topics. 



Science is planned thoughtfully to ensure coverage of the curriculum and encourage progression.  We assess the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • Work in challenge books
  • Work displayed in enquiry floor books
  • Photographs and videos of children’s work
  • Displays of children’s work
  • Thorough planning that has velar WALT’s and skills being taught
  • Planning scrutiny
  • Subject knowledge quizzes