At Poplars, we believe it is paramount for our young scientists to develop sparkling imaginations, fertile minds and curiosity through investigative first hand practical experience as much as possible. This enables them to discover the magic behind the scientific processes for themselves.
Children are encouraged to be independent and collaborative scientific investigators by designing their own creative experiments and by observing, exploring and asking questions about living things, materials and physical processes. They evaluate evidence and consider whether tests or comparisons are fair. They use reference materials to find out more about scientific ideas. Children share their ideas and communicate them using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables. Pupils are encouraged to combine interest and curiosity with a responsible attitude towards health and safety, as well as respect for living things and the physical environment. Scientific ideas are applied to real life problems including those that require aspects of design and technology to solve them.
Through science, pupils understand how major scientific ideas contribute to technological change – impacting on industry, business and medicine and improving the quality of life. Children also learn to question and discuss science-based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world.