Science teaches an understanding of natural phenomena. It aims to stimulate a child’s curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do. It teaches methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative thought. Children learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way science will affect their future on a personal, national and global level.
Our aims when teaching Science at St. Cross School are to enable children:
· To provide an appropriate and stimulating Science curriculum which encourages pupils to be interested in and make sense of the world around them and builds on from prior learning.
· To deliver activities which meet the needs of the National Curriculum, in a way that is appropriate to the needs of all pupils and which challenge and encourage them to fulfil their potential.
· To develop pupils’ scientific knowledge, understanding and investigating skills.
· To foster a positive attitude to scientific enquiry, building upon pupils’ natural curiosity.
· To provide understanding of a safe working environment, allowing pupils over time to take increasing responsibility for managing investigations and solving problems safely and independently.
· To encourage and develop the ability to work as an individual and as part of a group.
· To develop pupils’ abilities to explain and communicate their learning to others, using appropriate scientific language.
· To develop the awareness of the influence of Science in the world around them and foster a caring attitude towards their environment and living things.