At Horsley Primary School we believe in exploration, questioning and investigating! We are helping to develop tomorrow’s scientific thinkers!
Scientific investigation is one of the most powerful ways to learn; developing curiosity and perseverance as well as challenging what we know about the world.
The National Curriculum for Science is taught in termly blocks in each year group and, where possible, it is linked to our enquiry based curriculum. This allows children to link their learning to real life contexts and give meaning to their learning. We aim to make Science as practical as possible, using recording only when it adds meaning to our investigations.
Science lessons aren’t just limited to the classroom... we make use of the great outdoors, as well as organising visits and visitors to enhance the experience of the children.
"The POE strategy was developed by White and Gunstone (1992) to uncover individual students’ predictions, and their reasons for making these, about a specific event."
Step 1: Predict
Ask the students to independently write their prediction of what will happen.
Ask them what they think they will see and why they think this.
Step 2: Observe
Carry out the demonstration.
Allow time to focus on observation.
Ask students to write down what they do observe.
Step 3: Explain
Ask students to amend or add to their explanation to take account of the observation.
After students have committed their explanations to paper, discuss their ideas together.