What are the aims of teaching Science?
The National Curriculum describes the purpose of teaching science as:
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. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
At Bramley St Peters we recognise the importance of science in every aspect of daily life. Our curriculum is designed to allow for previous learning to be built upon in a way that develops key knowledge and skills, and also allows this to be embedded into the children’s long-term memory. A topic-based approach to planning ensures that cross curricular links are made with other subjects, whilst still maintaining a clear focus on scientific enquiry. We ensure the children at our school are exposed to a range of first hand learning experiences, which allow the children to develop their scientific enquiry and investigative skills. Through our teaching we intend to provide all children regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability, with a broad and balanced science curriculum.