At Wickhambrook Primary Academy, all of our teaching and learning builds on our core values; Respect, Responsibility and Resilience and Committment. We recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life; we encourage children to be inquisitive throughout their time at our school and beyond. The Science curriculum fosters a natural curiosity of the child, encourages respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provides opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence. We believe that science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concept, skills and positive attitudes.
Aims of the Science Curriculum
The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
•develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
•develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
•are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
•develop the essential scientific enquiry skills to deepen their scientific knowledge
•use a range of methods to communicate their scientific information and present it in a systematic, scientific manner, including I.C.T., diagrams, graphs and charts
•develop a respect for the materials and equipment they handle regarding their own, and other children's safety
•develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific learning and discovery
Our Science curriculum is knowledge and vocabulary rich, ensuring children gain a deep understanding of fundamental scientific knowledge and concepts as well as embedding key science specific vocabulary and terminology (Tier 3 vocabulary). In addition, children are encouraged to develop their scientific curiosity and understanding by working scientifically.