When the children in our School Council were asked about what they like about science they said “investigating, and finding out new things” They commented on how they share their ideas with others and learn new skills whilst using different scientific equipment. They talked about science shows that have visited the school, visits they have made to nature reserves and museums.
When our school staff were asked about what makes good science learning, they said that science should foster awe and wonder, that children should be encouraged to come up with their own questions to investigate and that, within a safe environment, children be prepared to explore and be inquisitive about the world around them.
There are three aims in the Primary Science curriculum, to ensure that all children:
Develop scientific knowledge and 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. These enquiry skills can be broken down into
Observing and measuring
Planning and setting up different types of enquiries
Identifying and classifying
Gathering and recording data
Reporting, presenting and communicating data/findings
Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
The National Curriculum for Science can be found by clicking on the link and the programmes of study for each year group can be found as an attachment below.