Science teaches an understanding of natural phenomena. It aims to stimulate a child’s curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do. It teaches methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative thought. Children learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way science will effect their future on a personal, national and global level.
The aims of science are to enable children to:
- Ask and answer scientific questions
- Plan and carry out scientific investigations, using equipment, including computers, correctly
- Know and understand the life processes of living things
- Know and understand the physical processes of materials, electricity, light, sound and natural forces
- Know about the nature of the solar system, including earth
- Evaluate evidence and present their conclusions clearly and accurately
We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in science lessons. Our principal is to develop children’s knowledge, skills, and understanding. Sometimes we do this through whole-class teaching, whilst at other times we engage the children in an enquiry-based research activity. We encourage the children to ask, as well as answer, scientific questions. They have the opportunity to use a variety of data, such as statistics, graphs, pictures, and photographs. They use ICT in science lessons where it enhances their learning. They take part in role-play and discussions and present reports to the rest of the class. They engage in a wide variety of problem-solving activities. Wherever possible the teaching of science is integrated within other National Curriculum subjects.
The school uses the LCP scheme of work for science as the basis of its curriculum planning. The scheme has been adapted to the local circumstances of the school in that we make use of the local environment in our fieldwork and we choose a locality where the physical environment differs from that which predominates in our immediate surroundings. We have planned the topic in science so that they build upon prior learning. We ensure that there are opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills and knowledge in each unit and we also build progression into the science scheme of work, so that the children are increasingly challenged as they move up through the school.
Teaching Science to Children with Special Educational needs
At our school we teach science to all children, whatever their ability. Science forms part of the school curriculum policy to provide a broad and balanced education to all. Through our science teaching we provide learning opportunities that enable all pupils to make progress. We do this by setting suitable learning challenges and responding to each child’s different needs.
From Pre Prep 1 to Prep 4 children are examined in the subject, at the end of the Christmas and Autumn and Summer terms. We report the results of these test to their parents in their school reports.