At St Chad’s Primary, our ambition is to equip every child with the scientific tools and knowledge needed to become inquisitive and curious individuals. With our continually evolving world it is essential that we move with the times and ensure children are encouraged to look at our world as scientists.
The national curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual 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;
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
At St Chad’s, we believe children need to develop a real love for learning if they are going to be successful learners. Staff members have a shared and demonstrated understanding of the importance and value of science to children’s learning which can be seen in our lessons. Our science curriculum is very hands-on and creative allowing children to actively engage in scientific enquiries of their choice. Children use a variety of enquiry strategies, independently make decisions, use evidence to answer their own questions, solve real problems and evaluate their work.
We promote opportunities in science for cross curricular links. To be effective learners’ children need rigorous, discrete subject teaching alongside equally effective cross-curricular links. Children build on skills taught in maths when creating tables, graphs, analysing and presenting data and reading different temperatures and amounts. Children develop literacy skills such as reading and writing through experiment write ups, recording results and writing instructions.
Making these cross curricular links puts the learning in context for children and gives a real life reason for writing or analysing data.
As part of our continual evaluation, we provide opportunities for children to share their voice and discuss science as a subject. We listen to the things they enjoy, the things they want more of and the things that they think we could improve on.