Science is an essential element of a child’s education and, if taught well, stimulates and excites our natural curiosity and helps us to better understand the world around us. The science curriculum at Great Sampford is based on the National Curriculum in England 2014 and its associated Year Group specific porgrammes of study. Due to the mixed aged nature of our classes these are taught on a two year rolling programme to ensure that the children recieve full access during their time with us.
Science is generally taught through thematic based learning in Key Stage 1 and through a combination of both thematic and more discrete subject based lessons in Key Stage 2. An essential part of the science curriculum at Great Sampford is learning through practical exploration and developing an understanding of how to establish a hypothesis and then develop a fair test to prove or disprove the proposed theory.
As well as this very practical approach to learning children are also given opportunities to further enrich their learning by the use of external visitors and external visits such as to the SeeK lectures in Cambridge.
"A high-quality science 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 pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes." (The National Curriculum in England 2014. DfE. pg 144).
Our principal aims are to:
- develop an investigative approach to science encouraging children to become independent learners
- work co-operatively with respect for the views/opinions of others.
- ensure children, irrespective of ability and gender develop a positive attitude to science and achieve the highest standards possible.
- build on first hand experience and practical activities to enable children to generate curiosity, confidence and the fun and excitement of discovery.
- develop a respect for the evironment and an understanding of the interaction between our actions and the balance of life.
- develop children’s vocabulary by making them aware of appropriate scientific language.
Additionally we aim 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.