In our rapidly evolving world, science is a vital part of our curriculum intention. 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. We strive to promote the love of learning science and for children to understand and be curious about the science within their everyday lives. We place value to the importance of an investigative approach through regular 'hands on' experiences wherever possible. It is our intention that by the end of each Key Stage, each child will understand a variety of scientific concepts and be able to confidently discuss them. We aim for all children to work scientifically during lessons and work collaboratively investigating different concepts and ideas.
To ensure children make the necessary progress and are challenged appropriately, teachers plan enjoyable, engaging and inspiring practical activities that mean the children are working hands-on; these lessons link science concepts to everyday life so the children can understand the world around them in a scientific way. Our lessons aim to develop a child's social skills by working in teams and encourage resilience, determination, perseverance, communication, collaboration, questioning and problem-solving.
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. We embrace the world of science at Woodstock CE Primary School through our wider links to, and development of a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematical (STEAM) curriculum. Lead experts in the STEAM workforce regularly visit the school to lead assemblies, workshops and aspiration talks. This has had a hugely positive impact on children’s understanding of jobs available to them within the science world.
National Curriculum Science
A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.
Children should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.