Statement of intent
Science aims to explain and help us understand our world. It is constantly producing more and more accurate natural explanations of how the natural world works, what its components are and how the world got to be the way it is today. It is vital that every child has the right opportunities to develop a curiosity around and engage in scientific learning in order for them to be confident and effective global citizens through engaging in intelligent and respectful debate using their knowledge and understanding.
Science is one of the most important subjects a child can learn because of its relevance to our lives and its capacity to apply these vital life skills to everyday activities. These skills help children to generate ideas, make decisions and to use evidence to understand key issues.
In Science we encourage children to ask questions and consider ideas about the wonderful world that we live in. We aim for children to develop an understanding of the world around us and how things work. By underpinning our curriculum with knowledge we ensure children can explore, question, investigate and make conclusions. Over time scientists have discovered, explored and created theories and we ensure children have opportunities to question and investigate these ideas. We encourage children to understand how science can be used to explain what is happening, predict how things will behave and analyse causes. Teachers use sound subject knowledge to ensure they can question, further learning and develop children’s investigative skills. As children progress they will use practical materials and skills to develop an awe to find more about the world around us.
The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils: