A high-quality Science education provides the foundations for understanding the world and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. All children should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of Science which encompass the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
The teaching of Science should be in such a way that it stimulates and excites children’s curiosity about natural phenomena and events in the world around them and urges them to satisfy this curiosity with knowledge. Because Science links direct practical experience with ideas, it can engage learners at many levels. Children should be encouraged to use rational explanation; to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring; predict how things will behave; and analyse causes. This is a spur to critical and creative thought. Through Science, children understand how major scientific ideas contribute to technological change impacting on industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life. Children recognise the cultural significance of Science and trace its worldwide development. They learn to question and discuss science-based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world.
Our aims in teaching Science are that all children should be given an opportunity to:
- learn about a wide range of living things, materials and phenomena
- begin to make links between ideas and to explain things using simple models and theories
- apply their knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas to familiar phenomena, every day things and their personal health
- begin to think about the positive and negative effects of scientific and technological developments on the environment and in other contexts
- develop their ability to work scientifically though carrying out systematic investigations, working on their own and with others, leading to planning their own scientific enquiries in Key Stage 2
- use the results of their investigations to draw simple conclusions and support their findings with evidence
- talk about their work and communicate ideas using a wide range of scientific vocabulary, conventional diagrams, charts and graphs.
Resources and Accommodation
A wide range of Science resources is available in the school, mainly held in the purpose built Science laboratory. These include Science equipment, materials and consumables, children’s reference books, DVDs and videos. An interactive whiteboard is available in the laboratory, giving access to many interactive websites and also enabling use of a computer microscope.
Science lessons for Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 are predominantly taught in the laboratory and classes from other year groups make use of the facilities where appropriate.
We encourage the use of the outdoor space available at the school, especially in the summer months, and all year groups try to include trips to outside providers to enrich the curriculum by providing hands-on learning in exciting settings.