"The important thing is to never stop questioning"
We aim for our pupils to become passionate scientists, recognising the power of rational explanation and developing a sense of curiosity about the world around them. We ensure all pupils acquire scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics by providing a well sequenced, progressive curriculum.
Opportunities to work scientifically are carefully planned to ensure that both practical and data handling skills are built upon each year. Children become increasingly independent by making well-evidenced predictions, carrying out additional research, planning their own investigations and articulating themselves using key scientific vocabulary. Through this approach, children develop their understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science through a variety of scientific enquiries that help them to answer questions about the world around them.
Through providing enriching, first-hand experiences for all children beyond the classroom, pupils develop an understanding of the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future. We also aim to maximise the opportunities which Science offers to provide cross-curricular links with other subjects, such as scientific writing and the use of technology to conduct scientific enquiries.
Our pupils are encouraged to challenge themselves and discover their inner scientist. They acquire new knowledge and understanding through essential theory lessons and exciting ‘hands on’ investigations. This thread of ‘working scientifically’ develops increasing independence as they progress through the school, in conducting their own research, planning lines of enquiry and in their scientific reasoning.
To further cultivate a love of learning and delight in science we provide additional enriching experiences such as workshops and trips to all children. These give important, real life contexts to their knowledge and understanding and are complemented by carefully planned cross-curricula opportunities so our pupils can appreciate the possible applications of their learning.
We use a number of ways to measure and assess the impact of our intent and implementation. This helps us refine and adapt our planning further which, in turn, improves the quality of teaching and learning. The impact of teaching and learning in Science is measured and assessed by the following: