The Importance of Science
Everything around us is science! Sitting on a chair is only possible as a result of science; the way your body moves, the forces involved in sitting down, the materials the chair 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 life not just the primary curriculum. It is a major contributor to how we develop and encourage Children’s Love of the World and Love of Learning.
Our intent in teaching Science is that all children will:
- retain and develop their natural sense of curiosity and wonder about the world around them
- recognise how science fits into the wider world, through our cross-curricular approach
- develop a set of “Growth Mindset” 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 using scientific vocabulary
- begin to build up a body of scientific knowledge and understanding, which will serve as a foundation for future enquiry
- see themselves as scientists; being aware of the role of science in daily life and being aware that science offers opportunities for future jobs.
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 a class’s context for learning; for example, learning about super senses through the topic “Superhero School”. It can also be taught discretely, to teach specific skills or knowledge, by class or PPA teachers, which do not relate to a topic.
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, with 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. In addition to in-school provisions, classes also go on school trips to visit Farms, We the Curious and other local museums/attractions that offer pupils a greater awareness of Science. Outside of the school day we run science clubs and some of the older children have the opportunity to take part in 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.