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We are passionate about science at Longford School and seek to nurture scientific curiosity, and an appreciation of the wonders of our ever-changing world.  We want children to experience and observe phenomena, looking more closely at the natural and humanly-constructed world around them. They are encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice. We endeavour to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions, including observing changes over a period of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative tests, and finding things out using secondary sources of information.  STEM activities children develop children’s understanding of the links to other subjects particularly maths engineering and technology, providing them the opportunity to develop skills they will use when they are older.  We aim for children to build upon their prior knowledge, as this will increase their enthusiasm for the topics whilst embedding this procedural knowledge into the long-term memory. Topics, such as Plants taught from EYFS to Year 6, building on prior learning and developing a deeper understanding, encouraging children to ask questions about what they know and want to find out.