We follow the National Curriculum for Science.
A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
We aim to ensure that all pupils:
· develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics;
· develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help pupils answer scientific questions about the world around them;
· equip pupils with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future;
· provide a range of experiences, workshops, trips, events and talks which promote pupils’ enjoyment, interest and involvement in Science;
Our principal aim is to develop children’s scientific knowledge, ‘working scientifically’ skills and conceptual understanding. This is developed through a range of learning experiences which include; whole-class teaching, group work, individual challenges/activities, enquiry-based research activities, externally provided workshops or talks and scientific investigations.
We encourage the children to ask, as well as answer, scientific questions and to; observe, pattern seek, identify, classify and group, compare, fair test and research. Pupils will also seek answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data and have the opportunity to experience a variety of statistics, graphs, pictures, and photographs. We will use computing resources where it enhances their learning, for example control technology such as datalogging systems or computer microscopes. We will encourage role-play, discussions and the presentation of scientific reports to the rest of the class. Wherever possible, we involve the pupils in ‘real’ scientific activities, for example, carrying out research to help scientists in programmes such as Terrific Scientific, working with the British Trust for Ornithology - a science campaign to help scientists uncover the impact climate change is having on birds across the UK - or carrying out a practical experiment and analysing the results.
We are developing our curriculum to ensure that our pupils gain a depth of knowledge; we promote the progression of skills; and teach through an effective sequence of learning.
We wish to develop the following 'Essential Characteristics' in our pupils as scientists:
• The ability to think independently and raise questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and skills that it brings.
• Confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in, for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations.
• Excellent scientific knowledge and understanding which is demonstrated in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings.
• High levels of originality, imagination or innovation in the application of skills.
• The ability to undertake practical work in a variety of contexts, including fieldwork.
• A passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies.