Science education introduces pupils to the world of living things, materials and physical processes. It provides the foundations for understanding the world. It is a largely practical subject, which develops a spirit of enquiry by encouraging curiosity and reasoning. Science allows for children’s experiences and gives them a better understanding of the world in which they live. Our children are encouraged to work with others to ‘persevere’, and to ask questions. These attitudes encourage work to be carried out in a scientific manner and children to develop their independence. In science education, each child will be involved in at least one full investigation every term, thus developing children’s abilities to:
- Enjoy and show interest in science and have an appreciation of its contribution to all aspects of everyday life.
- Plan a range of investigations and practical activities to develop understanding of the concepts and knowledge of science.
- Introduce pupils to the language and vocabulary of science.
- Make accurate and appropriate measurements.
- Use information and communication technology (ICT) in their science studies.
- Ask questions, predict and consider the appropriate apparatus to be used
- Observe, make accurate and appropriate measurements and undertake a fair test.
- Interpret results and evaluate scientific evidence.
In KS1 pupils will learn how to observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and physical processes. The children will develop their ability to work independently and collaboratively to collect evidence, which will help them to answer a range of questions and to link this to simple scientific ideas. Pupils will also learn to evaluate the evidence they collect and consider whether tests or are fair. They will be encouraged to use different materials to find out more about scientific ideas and learn to share their ideas and communicate them using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables.
In KS2 pupils will learn about a wider range of living things, materials and physical processes. They will learn to make links between ideas and to explain things using simple models and theories. The children will be also be encouraged to apply their knowledge and understanding of science to familiar phenomena, everyday things and their personal health. Pupils will be encouraged to carry out more systematic investigations, working on their own and with others and will be using a range of reference sources in their work. The children will also learn to communicate their ideas using a wide range of scientific language, diagrams, charts and graphs.