Science is concerned with a fuller understanding of the world we live in. We aim to develop skills and positive attitudes in our children by developing their understanding. Where possible we try to ensure that learning is a first hand practical activity where questioning is encouraged and investigation promoted.
Activities and experiences in science can be given either through a purely science-based topic or through a wider topic approach, where science is integrated with other subject areas whilst studying a particular theme.
Our aim can be fulfilled and our objectives reached through carefully and progressively developing skills and understanding and by fostering attitudes and working towards a core of knowledge.
In Science, we aim to provide children with a solid foundation of knowledge to understand the world we live in, by engagement with elements of physics, chemistry and biology. Children progressively develop their knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills, through the designated topics from the National Curriculum. In addition, creativity, critical thinking and collaborative skills are promoted. Practical, first-hand experience is encouraged through a range of investigations, experiments and practical activities. Where possible, links are made with other subject areas to enhance children’s understanding.
Teachers plan a wide variety of activities to motivate and engage pupils which include reading, discussing, answering questions, drawing and labelling diagrams, presenting data in different formats, using ICT for research, presenting data and delivering presentations. Furthermore, practical investigations require children to hypothesize, formulate questions, make observations, record results in different ways, analyse data, explain results and form conclusions. Through working scientifically, children’s thinking, reasoning and questioning skills are nurtured.