The teaching and learning of science is a fundamental aspect of our pupils being able to understand the world around them. We place a strong emphasis on high quality scientific investigation and enquiry within our classrooms and believe that the science our children are exposed to should be contextualised and based on the knowledge, skills and understanding that children need to be successful in life. We use the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum to deliver core learning in science on a weekly basis. We also believe in providing our pupils with the experiences and opportunities that bring science alive. We achieve this through our enrichment package, including visits to places such as the science museum and holding science days, including ‘Silly Science’ workshops.
Science will predominantly be taught as a separate lesson but will be linked to our topic work where appropriate. As a school we follow the Hamilton Trust scheme, insisting on providing children with the best experience of Science in our own locality and environment. We will encourage all of our pupils to: investigate, question, be inquisitive, understand the future needs of our planet, develop a deeper understanding of biology, chemistry and physics, explore nature in their own locality, promote positive values towards their environment and to never just except what they are told about the world. Believing in these qualities, is paramount to achieving our vision and intent. Creating a purposeful scientific journey, enabling children to leave our school with the values set out above. Key scientific terminology will be introduced in each lesson and will evolve throughout each year – following our whole school vocabulary progression. Pupils will be able to carry out simple tests and experiments using equipment and to gather and record data. Yearly Science weeks will enhance the delivery of our Science curriculum, as will the use of our local environment.