SCIENCE CURRICULUM OVERVIEW
At Bournehall Primary School we value science because:
- it makes an increasingly important contribution to all aspects of life
- all children are naturally curious about their environment – science makes a valuable contribution to their knowledge and understanding of the world
A SCIENTIST HAS:
- the ability to think independently and raise questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and skills that it brings.
- confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in, for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations.
- excellent scientific knowledge and understanding which is demonstrated in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings.
- high levels of originality, imagination or innovation in the application of skills.
- the ability to undertake practical work in a variety of contexts, including fieldwork.
- a passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies.
Chris Quigley – Essentials Curriculum
CONDITIONS FOR LEARNING
Children tell us that they enjoy science and learn best when they:
- can work together to do ‘hands-on’ science
- understand the big picture and small steps
- show what they have learned in different ways
- see and learn scientific words
- can choose from many different resources (including ICT)
- see how science is used in the real world
- do science outside the classroom
- use science with other subjects
- have challenges
- ask their own questions
- plan and carry out our own investigations
- share their learning with others
- starts with a question/problem to solve
- encourages creative thinking and reasoning
- has a context that connects with children’s own lives and experiences
- encourages and develops the skills needed for children to ask their own questions and discover science themselves through practical investigations and research
- emphasises the role of evidence to challenge or prove ideas and answer questions
- includes discussion and debate
- makes good use of resources that are exciting, high quality and are of a quantity that allow full participation – including taking every opportunity to use the outdoor environment
- takes into account pupils’ prior knowledge and understanding
- supports children’s application and development of basic skills through communicating their scientific findings and understanding in different ways including talking and writing in different forms using scientific vocabulary, pictures, graphs and using computing
- focuses on only ONE part of an investigation in depth, although all parts of the investigation are completed
NB: science learning should always identify consideration of risk (ref: CLEAPPS – ‘Be Safe’ as a starting point)
"Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world." Louis Pasteur