Science & Forest School
"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious"
Why do we teach Science?
- To spark the children's curiosity and encourage them to ask questions about the world around them
- To equip the children with scientific knowledge and understanding of our world
- To develop investigation and problem-solving skills
- To promote a respect for the natural world
- To empower children to become active and responsible global citizens and make positive choices and contributions to move towards a greener future
What do we teach?
Our Science curriculum covers the three main areas of learning as set out in the national curriculum:
- Life & living processes (biology)
- Materials (chemistry)
- Physical processes (physics)
We want to give the children the opportunity to explore for themselves and therefore much of our science learning is undertaken through investigations.
Click on the link below to see the curriculum overview for Science.
What is the impact?
Click on the link below to see the impact statement of 2022 - 2023.
We are very pleased to have started to use our new Forest School Site situated in the main playground! Thanks to the hard work of the Walworth Garden team for developing the Forest School area. The children are now able to learn and explore with our Forest School Leaders.
Why a Forest School?
Michael Faraday’s Forest School provides an opportunity for children to learn through play and exploration in the outdoors. Children have time and space to experience natural resources, materials and processes, supporting them to develop their understanding of the world around them. The experiences the children have at Forest School promote their confidence, independence, social and emotional wellbeing by allowing them to find out for themselves and take risks.
Our Forest School Principles
At Michael Faraday we follow the six Forest School Principles, as outlined by The Forest School Association:
- FS is a long-term process of regular sessions, the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.
- FS takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
- FS uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.
- FS aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
- FS offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
- FS is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.
What is the impact?
Leave no trace
It is of the utmost importance that we promote respect for the natural world as an integral part of Forest School. The children will be involved and take on responsibility for checking and tidying the site. Ensuring we leave it as we found it.