"Science is learning about the natural world through observing and experimenting. Observing is seeing how things happen Experiments are investigations used to explain how the world works".
Southtown Primary pupils.
We aim for our science teaching to be rooted in practical, hands-on experiences to encourage curiosity and questioning. We encourage children to take the lead in their learning and find out for themselves what they are interested in. We believe that, by promoting the experience of exploring and investigating scientific phenomena in a range of contexts, we will enable children to evolve their knowledge and develop a range of core skills to equip them for an ever changing world. We believe that this is important in developing them as citizens with an awareness of their responsibility towards the environment in which they live. We aim to provide rich opportunities in science for children to become confident, life-long learners with the skills and motivation to explore and question the world around them.
Children are taught a science curriculum which is either embedded in a topic or as a discrete weekly science lesson. The curriculum has been planned and developed so that scientific skills and knowledge are taught and built on across the primary age range to enable children to extend and deepen their understanding as they move through the school. Pupils’ work and photos of science related experiences are regularly displayed on a science display board in school and can also be shared on class pages of the school website or through Class Dojo in order that children can share and extend their learning at home. Educational visits, workshops and special visitors related to science are used to provide children with new experiences, raise questions and enhance their learning. This also raises their awareness of science beyond the classroom and promotes aspiration. A yearly science week is also planned to help develop a culture of science across the school.
From April 2023 children will be taught Science using the CUSP Science Curriculum. Curriculum documents to follow shortly.
Children’s Science books show a broad and balanced Science curriculum. Children gain knowledge of scientific skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the next stage of their education. Children are able to use scientific vocabulary to explain their learning. Children are able to make links to previous learning in Science.