Aims of the National Curriculum and the Science programme of study
The national curriculum for science aims 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 scientific enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
- Ensure all children are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
Science at Hextable Primary School
At Hextable Primary School we aim to offer the children real life and meaningful experiences in order to develop their scientific knowledge and understanding of the world. Our creative curriculum ensures that all of our pupils are motivated, engaged and enthused about every learning experience, inspiring them to become life-long learners.
In more recent years, we have worked hard as a staff team to raise the profile of science, whereby over 50% of teaching now incorporates the delivery of meaningful, practical, engaging and active lessons. Regularly, the exploration sessions involving practical experiments are delivered prior to the giving of information, allowing children the opportunity to learn as they go and make sense of the scientific processes they have experienced first hand.
Through our strong subject links within topics, we encourage children to become independent and resilient learners, providing them with opportunities to explore and investigate any question they may have about the world around them. In order to facilitate the children's learning and their ability to work scientifically we use the TASC wheel, which poses challenging questions to the children throughout the process of their enquiry, consistently moving their thinking on, encouraging our budding scientists to delve deeper and further.
Giving children to opportunity to experience and solve real life problems will develop the skills of; organisation, identification, generation of ideas, decision making, evaluation, communication and reflection; all of which will prepare children with the fundamental strategies for becoming successful, life-long learners.