Science stimulates and excites pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. It also satisfies this curiosity with knowledge. Because science links direct practical experience with ideas, it can engage learners at many levels. Scientific method is about developing and evaluating explanations through experimental evidence and modelling. This is a spur to critical and creative thought. 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.
The aims of teaching of science at our schools are:
- To develop an everyday application of scientific knowledge in the world around us.
- To develop a respect for all living things and the environment and an understanding of their interdependence.
- To promote the learning of skills, understanding and key vocabulary through a scientific attitude to the solving of problems.
- To develop the skills of experimenting, devising and carrying out investigations and testing hypotheses by means of fair tests.
- To communicate and record information following practical observations.
- To promote confidence in the use of appropriate scientific equipment correctly and safely, including the use of ICT to collect and display data.
- To encourage the ability to make predictions and suggest explanations based on an understanding of the world around us and scientific knowledge.
- To develop an ability to understand and interpret scientific information presented in verbal, mathematical, diagrammatic or graphic form and translating such information from one form to another.
Parents and the Community
Parents and carers have an important role to play in helping their children learn about science. Teachers periodically send home science related homework through which parents have the opportunity to support their child’s learning of scientific concepts.
The school also actively encourages visits from local scientists where relevant. For example, Dr Robin Holmes has twice been in to talk to Y6 about developments in brain scanners and 3D-Printing.