The science curriculum at St Mary's is designed to develop children's knowledge and understanding of the world around us and aims to foster a healthy curiosity in children about our universe and promotes respect for the living and non-living as part of God's world. The teaching of science enables all children to learn through quality experiential learning where they can ask questions and investigate. Children have access to a wide reange of resources and as they progress through school, they are actively encouraged to independently investigate and experiement with children engaging in all 5 types of scientific enquiry, so that children learn to confidently use equipment, conduct experiments, build arguments and explain concepts, whilst continuing to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings.This allows pupils to develop a firm understanding of scientific enquiry.
The 2014 National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all children:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of scientific enquiry that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
- are equipped with the scientific skills required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. We understand that it is important for lessons to have a skills-based focus, and that the knowledge can be taught through this
Through amazing hands on/real life experiences, we build our children’s engagement with science and develop their love for experimenting, being curious and finding out more about the world around them.