Ganton School

Science & Technology

Children are, by their very nature, curious about the ways things work and our children are no exception to this which makes the teaching of Science and Technology an absolute delight.

They are keen to explore, investigate, experiment with and experience new phenomena and for most this begins at a very sensory level using touch, taste, sound, smell, and feel to make sense of the world. Gradually pupils develop and begin to sort, match and link objects as they develop concepts of the world of Science and Technology.

Throughout this developmental process they are encouraged to record, either with photographs, drawings or text so that they can begin to make comparisons and draw conclusions from their work.

By the time the pupils reach later Key Stage 2 many are ready for more formal instruction and can conduct simple experiments and investigations with their peers or follow instructions to make a structure or product which is fit for purpose.

Of course it is easy to make science fun – a bale of hay can teach so much at so many levels, the pet fish can provide a wealth of information about life cycles and a switch can make a computer program perform so many different tasks, all of which builds up a sense of how things work and how we use them in our lives.

Our horticulture area enables pupils to learn about plants and growing and we make full use of local community facilities such as parks to learn about pushes and pulls.

The swimming pool enables understanding of floating and sinking and the thematic approaches used across the school ensures all pupils have opportunities to consider all aspects of the science and technology curriculum.

Food technology is a favourite with almost every class with pupils learning about the sources of food products, the effects of mixing, sieving and heating these and the need for a balanced healthy diet, along with the development of skills in cutting, pouring, weighing and measuring.

Accreditation is available in Science and Technology for pupils who can access the appropriate levels of attainment.