For children, science is the exploration of the world around them through investigation. It is the study of the physical world, involving a collection of facts from observations, physical experiments and working scientifically (Living Processes, Materials, Physical Processes) from which children form ideas of their world. At All Saints and Saint Margaret’s, we have created a scheme of work which helps us develop and plan interesting, engaging and stimulating lessons, and these are adapted to suit the needs of our children. Science has a heavy emphasis on investigation involving prediction, observation, testing and evaluation. We believe that it is good practice for children to be encouraged to actively learn, by developing their own investigations based on ideas given by the teacher, and their own ideas. These ideas will be increasingly founded in scientific knowledge and understanding.
The aims of teaching science are:
- To develop the natural curiosity of children about the world around them;
- To develop questioning and enquiring minds through a range of enjoyable and interesting experiences;
- To help children develop the skills to make systematic enquiries;
- To provide opportunities for children to apply theoretical ideas to the solving of practical problems;
- To enable children to develop an increasing attention to accuracy;
- To foster a positive attitude to science and increase pupils’ understanding of how science is used in the wider world;
- to provide a range of relevant experiences allowing pupils to acquire knowledge, skills and understanding in the key areas of Scientific Enquiry, Life Processes and Living Things, Materials and their Properties, and Physical Processes through a variety of teaching and learning strategies;
- To develop the accurate use of scientific vocabulary;
- To meet the needs of each child so that they will reach their full potential;
- To give the children a sense of awe and wonder.