Why do we teach what we teach? (Our intent)
A good science education bestows a powerful way of thinking and reasoning that promotes the ability of individuals to make sense of their world. Science has revolutionised the world we live in and so it is essential that every child is given the opportunity to learn the key aspects of science. At St Marys we want children to be eager scientists, ready to ask questions to further their knowledge and skills. One day a child of ours might become a great scientist who revolutionises the world in which we live!
How do we teach it? (Our implementation)
At St Marys we follow the science programme of study from the National Curriculum. The programmes of study describe a sequence of knowledge and concepts; it is important that children develop a deep understanding of these. To ensure we develop the children’s knowledge and understanding we make the teaching of science as practical and hands on as possible to ensure a sense of enjoyment in Science. Sometimes we do this through whole-class and small group teaching, while at other times we engage the children in an enquiry-based research activity. We encourage the children to ask, as well as answer, scientific questions.
As well as the necessary knowledge and concepts it is important that children understand the methods and processes of science. ‘Working scientifically’ focuses on the key features of scientific enquiry types of scientific enquiry should include:
- observing over time
- pattern seeking
- classifying and grouping
- comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations)
- researching using secondary sources.
Pupils seek answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data.
What is the difference that this makes? (Our impact)
At St Mary’s children enjoy science! It taps into their natural curiosity and inquisitiveness. They develop a keen interest in the world around them and ask deep and well considered questions. They are able to make thoughtful predictions about the answers to their questions and can test ideas and draw conclusions from their results. Good scientists also excel in other areas of the curriculum, with the logical thinking skills and deep understanding of the world that surrounds them. The science curriculum at St Mary’s gives children a great foundation in scientific understanding that will serve them well throughout the rest of their education and adult lives.