At Falla Park Community Primary School we believe that the teaching of science develops in children an interest and curiosity about the world in which they live, and fosters in them a respect for the environment. Through the framework of the National Curriculum, we aim to:
- Provide opportunities that build on their enthusiasm and natural sense of wonder about the world.
- Develop a range of enquiry skills through engaging the children in relevant, interactive first hand experiences.
- Promote key skills by offering a range of contexts for the development of:
– Literacy – communicating facts, ideas and opinions, developing arguments both in writing and orally
– Mathematics – application of number through collecting, considering and analysing data, taking accurate measurements (e.g. cm, m, kg, g)
- Encourage and enable pupils to offer their own suggestions, and to be creative in their approach to science, and to gain enjoyment from their scientific work.
In each year group science teaching encompasses the following themes:
- Life Processes and Living Things
- Materials and their Properties
- Physical processes.
Each of these is to be taught under the umbrella of “working scientifically” to ensure that children gain vital science skills in addition to their subject knowledge. This approach allows us to focus our teaching on the following key scientific skills:
- Understanding and explaining concepts
- Developing arguments
- Applying knowledge
- Recording data and creating graphs
- Working collaboratively
- Designing experiments
- Analysing and evaluating results