At St Mary’s C of E Primary School, Science stimulates and excites pupil’s curiosity about natural phenomena and events in the world around them. Pupils understand how major scientific ideas contribute toward technological change – impacting on industry, medicine, business and improving quality of life. They learn to question and discuss science based issues that may affect their own lives, the directions of society and the future of the world, encouraging and supporting the development of Science capital. This knowledge base of science has a practical application to everyday experiences and is therefore important for pupil’s social development. By working scientifically, through tailored investigations involving planning, testing, recording and analysing results, students come to appreciate the nature of the learning process. All teachers, design and plan activities proving opportunities for students to display and to develop and apply their creative and imaginative capacities in science. These activities also enable them to experience an ongoing sense of success in their teaching and learning which are transferable to other subjects.
Our aim is for all children to leave St Mary's with the required knowledge to continue their scientific understanding in secondary school and these key skills:
· An ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately;
· A broad range of Science vocabulary in order to explain their hypotheses, and reason their science enquiry choices clearly using the correct terminology;
· To ask and answer scientific questions;
· To plan and carry out scientific investigations, with the correct use of equipment;
· To know about materials, electricity, light, sound and natural forces;
· To know about the nature of the solar system, including the Earth;
· To know how to evaluate evidence, and to present conclusions both clearly and accurately.