We believe that a high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key functional knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to explore how Science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes.
Our curriculum is based upon the National Curriculum 2014. It aims to ensure that all pupils:
- 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
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
Our curriculum is enriched by a number of scientific experiences during each year, including school visits such as the Year 5 visit to the Science Museum and the Year 1 visit to Kew Gardens. Within school, Rich Learning Outcomes allow the children to explore aspects of science in more depth and detail. These include the Year 5 ‘Space Project’, healthy food challenges, trips and visitors. Science Club provides an opportunity for groups to extend their practical knowledge and to enter local competitions. The biennial Sports and Science Week is an exciting event, based on a particular curriculum theme, where the children enjoy a range of visiting speakers including parent scientists, and a variety of lessons, demonstrations and activities. Our aim is to ignite the passion and curiosity of our young scientists and to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding which will enable them to explore and enjoy their world.