Science is essentially a practical subject intended to stimulate pupils' curiosity about the world around them. Best Practice in science is related to practical work and the positives in allowing for this to happen within our classrooms. This is an entitlement for all our pupils.
‘Brains- on’ as well as ‘hands-on’, to promote effective learning.
Enquiry-based, complete or part investigations simulating the work of scientists.
Self-directed (including groups), to encourage pupil-ownership, motivation and independence.
Timely – effectively planned into most science lessons.
Purposeful – and demonstrating clearly to pupils the different purposes of practical work in science.
Relevant to pupils’ personal interests and concerns in everyday life.
Adaptable to suit the varied needs of individual pupils and groups.
Connected to the world beyond the classroom – including fieldwork, projects and visits.
Technically authentic and contemporary, including the use of ICT for data collection and analysis and for simulations and modelling.
Coherently planned and managed to cover the whole science curriculum.
Engaging all pupils in the ‘messiness’ of real-world data.
Science teaching further helps children to develop enquiring minds and equips them with key skills, so that they are increasingly able to research answers to their own questions.
Our Science curriculum is based fundamentally on the principles that Science is good when it:
1) Is relevant and related to real life, current topics of interest, and means something to us
2) Allows us to ask lots of questions and develop our vocabulary
3) Lets us investigate and explore in a practical, hands on and experimental way
4) Challenges our understanding and encourages us to think about our scientific ideas
5) Encourages us to apply our knowledge, skills and understanding at home and at school
6) Gives us opportunities to work with others
7) Enables us to use appropriate, high quality resources.
Please read our Policy for Science below to find out more information regarding this subject.