Our school's intent with our Science curriculum is to encourage love of learning about Science by stimulating the children's interest and enthusiasm for the subject. We aim to ensure that children learn to expand their knowledge of the world around them and practice key scientific skills such as researching, working methodically, recording, categorising and considering the implications of their scientific knowledge. Children will work individually and as part of a team to carry out investigations. The aim being that the children’s lives are enriched with increasing confidence in their own learning, the embedding of meta-cognitive techniques for deeper consideration of the topic, and an understanding of the importance of working together independently and collaboratively.
The Science curriculum covers the key science learning of physics, chemistry and biology. The teaching emphasises how science has impacted on our world both positively and negatively. The children also consider how scientific knowledge is important in assisting future generations and the planet.
The aims of our Science teaching are to:
- develop pupils’ enjoyment and interest in science and an appreciation of its contribution to all aspects of everyday life
- build on pupils’ curiosity and sense of awe of the natural world
- use a planned range of investigations and practical activities to give pupils a greater understanding of the concepts and knowledge of science
- introduce pupils to the language and vocabulary of science
- develop pupils’ basic practical skills and their ability to make accurate and appropriate measurements
- develop pupils’ use of computing in their science studies
- extend the learning environment for our pupils via our environmental areas (especially Smokey Row) and the locality
- promote a ‘healthy lifestyle’ in our pupils
- ensure all children are aware of health and safety during Science lessons
- ensure that pupils realise the positive contribution of both men and women to science and the contribution from those of other cultures.
The approach to the teaching of science at Great Kimble Church of England School results in a fun, engaging, high quality science education, that provides children with the foundations for understanding the world that they can take with them once they complete their primary education. It gives them an introduction to the possibilities ahead of them in the fields of science.
So much of science lends itself to outdoor learning, and so we provide children with opportunities to experience this. Children develop collaborative working skills and also practical investigation skills. They can reflect on their findings and use these thinking skills to reason scientifically through discussion. They can articulate their understanding of scientific concepts and use rich language linked to science, demonstrating an understanding of mathematical skills through their work, organising, recording and interpreting results.