Science

Science Curriculum 2016/2017

Click here to access the Science Curriculum for the academic year 2016/2017

In each class children have a Science assessment sheet which is stuck into the back of their Science books. Teachers and pupils use this together to assess children’s learning. Once a child has shown evidence of achieving one of the criteria it is highlighted on their sheet.

Click here to access the Science assessment sheets for Year 1 to Year 6.

Rationale

Science is a body of knowledge built through investigative and experimenting skills and testing of ideas. Science is also methodology, a practical way of finding reliable answers to questions we may ask about the world around us. Science in our school provides opportunities for children to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live both through practical experience and from other sources of information.

We believe that a broad and balanced science education, where cross curricular links can be made to other subjects, is the entitlement of all children within our school.

Our aims in teaching science include the following:

  • Preparing our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world.
  • Fostering concern about, and active care for, our environment.
  • Helping develop and extend our children’s scientific concept of their world.
  • Developing our children’s understanding of the international and collaborative nature of science.
  • Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
  • Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of scientific enquiries that help our children answer scientific questions about the world around them.
  • Equip children with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Aims:

Our aims as a school are:

  • To give our children an understanding of scientific processes.
  • To help our children to acquire practical scientific skills.
  • To develop the skills of investigation – including observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating.
  • To develop the use of scientific language, recording and techniques.
  • To develop the use of ICT in investigating and recording.
  • To enable our children to become effective communicators of scientific ideas, facts and data.
  • Encourage the development of positive attitudes to science.
  • Build on our children’s natural curiosity and developing a scientific approach to problems.
  • Encourage open-mindedness, self-assessment, perseverance and responsibility.
  • Build our children’s self-confidence to enable them to work independently.
  • Develop our children’s social skills to work cooperatively with others.

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