Science is a body of knowledge built up through experimental testing of ideas. Science is also methodology, a practical way of finding reliable answers to questions we may ask about the world around us. Science in our school is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation. Furthermore, at Curwen, it is about developing the interest and skills of the teacher.
Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Therefore, all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. We believe that a broad and balanced science education is the entitlement of all (children and teachers alike) regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability.
Our vision in science is to encourage curiosity in children so that they ask questions that fuel explorations and investigations about the universe we live in.
In line with the Science Programmes of Study KS1 and KS2 (see Appendix A) the school 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 they require to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future
Working Scientifically requires:
- Scientific enquiry – observing changes, finding patterns, grouping and classifying, fair testing and researching using secondary sources
- Drawing conclusions based on data and observations
- Using evidence to justify ideas
- Using scientific knowledge to explain findings