Enquiry Based Science
The aim of science teaching at North Ealing Primary school is to inspire and feed children’s natural curiosity about the world around them and all its phenomena. For this reason, we follow an enquiry-based approach to science, enabling children to engage in practical investigations as much as possible and make relevant links to real-life contexts.
Our intention is to encourage the children to ask questions constantly in order to develop their analytical thinking skills and channel their natural curiosity. We aim to follow the 5 E’s model – based on the constructivist approach to learning, which states that learners build or construct new ideas on top of their old ideas.
Each of the 5 E’s describes a phase of learning – Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate. These allow students and teachers to experience ideas and activities, to use and build on prior knowledge and experience, to construct meaning, and to assess continually their understanding of a concept.
All science teaching follows the new National Curriculum and covers the three scientific areas: biology, chemistry and physics. During each lesson, children are encouraged to think scientifically by planning fair tests, making predictions, observing, measuring, recording results or forming a conclusion.