The Importance of Science
Everything around us is science! The chair you sit on is only possible as a result of science; because of the materials it is made from, their properties and how they can be changed and because somebody had to use their brains to think of the invention in the first place! Science is therefore an integral part of the primary curriculum.
The emphasis in our teaching of science is on relating to the children's direct experience and we encourage children increasingly to take control of their own learning. Our aims in teaching science are, therefore, that all children will:
• retain and develop their natural sense of curiosity about the world around them;
• develop a set of attitudes which will promote scientific ways of thinking, including open-mindedness, perseverance, objectivity and a recognition of the importance of teamwork;
• come to understand the nature of ‘scientific method' involving: meticulous observation, the making and testing of hypotheses, the design of controlled and fair experiments, the drawing of meaningful conclusions through critical reasoning and the evaluation of evidence;
• become effective communicators of scientific ideas, facts and data;
• begin to build up a body of scientific knowledge and understanding, which will serve as a foundation for future enquiry.
Science Learning at North Bradley
At North Bradley CE Primary School, children gain scientific knowledge and understanding alongside developing the skills required to explore different ideas and questions through experimentation. Developing and maintaining the skills of questioning, observing, collaborating, analysing, handling data and concluding are essential to the pupil’s learning and transferable to other curriculum subjects.
Science is often at the centre of the class context for learning. For example, in Maple Class they have experienced learning through the topic ‘Superheroes in Training’ where they had fun using their senses to explore their world.
Additional Experiences and Provisions for Science
Teaching and learning is also enhanced through the use of stimulating resources, including organ tabards, animal specimens, fun fictional texts, solar system models and much more. Exciting expert visitors are also frequently used to broaden children’s scientific knowledge; Year Four had a very enjoyable and educational visit from Fizz Pop. There have also been visits from animal experts accompanied by some interesting creatures for children to hold, ask questions about and observe and annually the school is visited by ‘The Life Bus’ where children learn about their bodies and staying healthy.
Outside of the school day the older children have the opportunity to take part in a science club as well as STEM activities held at John of Gaunt School. The school takes part in the annual Trowbridge Science Fair, sharing their learning with other children in the area.