"The important thing is to never stop questioning"
At St. Francis de Sales, our aim is to provide a high-quality Science education providing foundations for understanding the world. Through building key knowledge and understanding of concepts, pupils are encouraged to become passionate scientists, recognising the power of rational explanation and developing a sense of curiosity about natural phenomena.
We aim to ensure all pupils:
acquire scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding in the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics by providing a well sequenced progressive curriculum;
experience scientific phenomena first hand through experiential learning opportunities to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future;
develop independence through opportunities for additional research and planning their own investigations;
develop their ability to express their scientific ideas orally through presentations and other opportunities;
develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science through a variety of different scientific enquiries that help them to answer questions about the world around them;
are encouraged to understand how Science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Our focus on open-ended investigative activities gives our pupils the opportunity to:
test out their own ideas experimentally
use a variety of investigative approaches including fair testing; observation; pattern-seeking; exploring and making models
develop practical skills
carry out investigative fieldwork
appreciate the importance of experimental evidence
St. Francis de Sales aims to maximise the opportunities which Science offers to provide cross-curricular links with other curriculum subjects. These include scientific writing, the history of Science, as well as the use of technology to conduct scientific enquiries.