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.
At North Bradley CE Primary School, children are taught Science weekly gaining 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 taught by class teachers discretely every week, to teach specific skills or knowledge, which do not relate to a topic.
Most children will achieve age related expectations in Science at the end of their cohort year.
Children will retain knowledge that is pertinent to Science with a real life context.
Children will be able to question ideas and reflect on knowledge.
Children will work collaboratively and practically to investigate and experiment.
Children will be able to explain the process they have taken and be able to reason scientifically.