We know that all children have a natural curiosity about the world around them and that science is a fundamental part of this.
At St James Hatcham, we aim to create children who question why and how things work. We strive to nurture this interest through high-quality teaching, practical investigations and embedding scientific skills through enquiry. We therefore encourage children to be curious, ask questions and develop the skills required to come up with the answers.
At St James Hatcham we aim to:
More information about our approach to teaching and learning in science can be found within our Science Policy.
The Edible Playground at St James provides opportunities for children to grow, nurture and take care of plants and vegetables sustainably. This space provides great opportunities for our children who are living in an inner-city environment to develop a clear understanding of where their food comes from. As a school, we collectively look after this area to inspire the school community to become more involved in growing a more environmentally sustainable future. Children are taught using cross-curricular links that will promote their love of looking after the planet and making healthy food options to live happy and healthy lifestyles. Each year group has a vegetable focus which throughout the year will be grown and used as produce in our school canteen.
The Edible Playground club is an extra-curricular activity where children take part in further learning and activities to look after and care for this space. So far this year, pupils in this club have:
- Sowed and planted rhubarb
- Created a vegetable crop planner
- Created bird cakes
Further plans for the club this year includes creating a bug hotel, learning about the lifecycle of a plant, and reviewing plant growth for our planted vegetables. Watch this space!