Science at Spring Bank Primary School
At Spring Bank Primary School, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. Our intent is to give every child a broad and balanced science curriculum which enables them to confidently explore and discover what is around them, so that they have a deeper understanding of the world we live in. We want our children to love science. Our curriculum will enable children to become enquiry based learners collaborating through researching, investigating and evaluating experiences. It will develop the natural curiosity of the child, encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence.
To achieve this we will provide exciting, practical hands-on experiences that encourage curiosity and questioning. Our aim is that these stimulating and challenging experiences help every child secure and extend their scientific knowledge and vocabulary, as well as promoting a love and thirst for learning. At Spring Bank, we have a coherently planned and sequenced curriculum which has been carefully designed and developed with the need of every child at the centre of what we do. We want to equip our children with not only the minimum statutory requirements of the science National Curriculum but to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. We will introduce the children to various scientists showing equality and diversity in science, allowing children to understand the possibilities science offers them as a potential future career.
At Spring Bank Primary School, in conjunction with the aims of the National Curriculum, our science teaching offers opportunities for children to:
- 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 science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them;
- Be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future;
- Develop the essential scientific enquiry skills to deepen their scientific knowledge;
- Use a range of methods to communicate their scientific information and present it in a systematic, scientific manner, including I.C.T., diagrams, graphs and charts;
- Develop a respect for the materials and equipment they handle with regard to their own, and other children’s safety;
- Develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific learning and discovery.
The National Curriculum will provide a structure and skill development for the science curriculum being taught throughout the school, which is now linked, where possible to the theme topics to provide a creative scheme of work, which reflects a balanced programme of study.
Please see the documents below for the overview of learning.