Through science, we aim to teach children an understanding of the world and their place within it. We aim to stimulate and excite children’s curiosity, prompting them to ask questions about why things happen in the way they do. Through science pupils understand how major scientific ideas contribute to technological change – impacting on industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life. Pupils 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. We teach methods of enquiry that stimulate creative thought and discussion.
We aim to give children a positive and confident attitude to learning in science, through cross curricular links between science and other subjects. We teach children to develop knowledge and understanding of key scientific concepts linked to the National Curriculum and the QCA schemes of work.
Children will be able to ask and answer scientific questions, plan and carry out investigations using equipment correctly. After investigations, children will evaluate and present their conclusions clearly and accurately. They will also gain an understanding of both the life processes of living things and the nature of the solar system, including the earth. Children will know and understand the physical processes of materials, electricity, light, sound and natural forces.
Our long term plans for science aim to offer a broad and varied experience for the children. The curriculum coverage in KS1 and KS2 ensures that children study scientific units over the year that contributes to a balanced, relevant and creative experience. So that science skills are taught progressively and consistently through the school, we use the QCA syllabus as a basis for medium term planning, adapting it where appropriate to meet the needs of each child. In the Foundation Stage, science is taught through Understanding of the World.
Where appropriate teachers’ link children’s ideas and prior knowledge to science and will use this to inform their planning for the subject. Science links well with technology, maths, literacy, art, geography and P.E.