Science stimulates and excites pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. It also satisfies their curiosity with knowledge. Because science links direct practical experience with ideas, it can engage learners at many levels. Scientific method is about developing and evaluating explanations through experimental evidence and modelling. Pupils learn to question and discuss science- based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world.
At Key Stage 1 pupils observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and physical phenomena. They begin to work together to collect evidence to help them answer questions and to link this to simple scientific ideas.
They begin to evaluate evidence and consider whether tests or comparisons are fair. They use reference materials to find out more about scientific ideas. They share ideas and communicate them using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables with the help of ICT if it is appropriate.
At Key Stage 2 pupils learn about a wider range of living things, materials and physical phenomena. They make links between ideas and explain things using simple models and theories. They apply their knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas to familiar phenomena, everyday things and their personal health.
They think about the effects of scientific and technological developments on the environment and in other contexts. They carry out more systematic investigations, working on their own and with others. They use a range of reference sources in their work. They talk about their work and its significance, using a wide range of scientific language, conventional diagrams, charts, graphs and ICT to communicate their ideas.
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.
Aims and Objectives
At Cherry Tree Hill Primary School the aims of Science are:
- Encourage the development of positive attitudes to science.
- To promote British values which are democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
- Deliver the National Curriculum Science orders in ways that are imaginative, purposeful, well controlled and enjoyable, bearing in mind that the new curriculum will lead to further policy changes.
- Help in developing and extending the children’s scientific concept of their world and encouraging them to ask deeper questions about the world around them.
- Deliver clear and accurate teacher explanations and skilful questioning. Providing guidance but at the same time allowing children the freedom to explore as independently as possible.
- Make strong, purposeful links between science and other subjects. Using ICT in a meaningful way to extend their learning (Data Loggers, video, photography, microscopes, iPads and telescopes).
- Develop the use of scientific language, recording and techniques.
- Enable children to become effective communicators of scientific ideas, facts and data whilst becoming experts at analysing the data they collect.
- Develop the following skills of investigation – observation, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating and interpreting.