Why is Science important at Bredbury St Mark's?
A high-quality 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 children should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.
Children are naturally curious. Science at primary school should nurture this curiosity and allow them to ask questions and develop the skills they need to answer those questions. Our curriculum, ensures children experience a balance of each of these areas every year. The curriculum is progressive and areas are revisited in increasingly greater depth as the children journey through school.
Primary science helps children to:
- investigate problems
- learn how science works
- discover why science matters in the world
Alongside scientific knowledge, children will also be learning and applying a range of skills to promote scientific enquiry:
- observing changes over a period of time
- noticing patterns
- grouping and classifying
- carrying out simple comparative tests
- finding things out using secondary sources of information
Children will be encouraged to become more independent as learners by developing:
- speaking and listening skills through the use of appropriate scientific language during small group and whole class activities
- selecting and using scientific equipment and resources in a safe and knowledgeable way
- resilience - how else could they find an answer to their question?
Each unit of learning will be focussed around a 'Big Question'. For instance, the Year 2 Everyday Materials learning will lead to the children being able to answer the question 'Can we design a raincoat for Baby Duck?' This will allow children to present their understanding in a manner that suits their skills and helps remove barriers. This could be through a written report, annotated diagrams, IT e.g. PowerPoint or a presentation to the class.
To ensure lessons are inclusive, teachers will anticipate any potential barriers for the children and adapt delivery and expectations accordingly. This will ensure all are able to access the learning and demonstrate their understanding to the best of their ability.