Whole school definition
Science consists of observing the world by watching, listening, observing and recording. Science is curiosity in thoughtful action about the world and how it behaves.
Why study Science?
Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.
‘Science knows no country because knowledge belongs to humanity and is the torch which illuminates the world’ – Louis Pasteur
Science at Dunstall Primary School
At Dunstall Primary School, we believe that our children should understand the world around them through a scientific lens.
Our curriculum is designed to help our children develop a greater understanding of science within the three scientific strands: biology, chemistry and physics.
We also seek to develop our children’s curiosity of the Earth and environmental sustainability. It is our priority to make life-long scientific learners by developing our curriculum around the desire for discovery and scientific enquiry.
We intend on delivering a curriculum which:
- Allows children to build scientific knowledge incrementally.
- Revisits curriculum content at carefully sequenced points throughout the year and across years. This enables pupils to secure a greater breadth and depth in their understanding of scientific knowledge.
- Develops a wider understanding of scientific vocabulary and allows pupils to effectively communicate their understanding.
- Engages children and allows them to develop lines of scientific enquiry across all three strands of science.
- Goes beyond the requirements of the National Curriculum.
- Encourages children to apply scientific knowledge to investigations.
- Develops children’s understanding of working scientifically, making informed observations about processes and recording and interpreting data.
- Provides opportunities for cross-curricular learning linked to STEM.
THE IMPORTANCE OF SCIENCE
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Early Years links to Science
In Early Years, we encourage the children to explore the materials in the world around them, both indoors and outdoors.
We also ensure that children have the opportunity to use their senses to explore natural materials and collections of materials with similar and different properties.
Children are encouraged to talk about what they can see using a wide vocabulary in both the indoor and outdoor environments. They will begin to learn about the environments where they lice and the effects of the changing seasons on the natural world around them.