At St Peter’s, we believe that teaching and learning in Science should excite and stimulate children’s natural curiosity to enable them to make sense of the world in which they live. We aim to provide children with opportunities to ask questions, make observations, investigate their ideas and develop their understanding. We encourage children to express and explore their ideas eloquently using their developing scientific vocabulary, giving reasoned and thoughtful explanations and respectfully challenge ideas put forward by others.
By providing a range of practical experiences, we develop pupils’ investigative skills and allow children to take risks and learn from their mistakes; exploring ideas and drawing their own conclusions enabling them to become more confident, resilient and independent learners.
The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
· 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 science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them,
· are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
Our teaching of Science is planned to ensure all pupils:
· develop lively, enquiring minds and the ability to question.
· learn scientific skills and knowledge with progression throughout the Key Stages.
· build on their natural curiosity; enabling them to understand and care for the world in which they live.
· are provided with a stimulating environment both inside and outside the classroom, where they can work in an investigative way and can communicate their findings in a variety of ways.
· gain and are able to appropriately use a range of scientific vocabulary.
· learn to use equipment safely and sensibly.
· develop potential scientific links with all other areas of the curriculum.