Science stimulates and excites pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. It also satisfies their curiosity with knowledge. Because Science links direct practical experience with ideas, it can engage learners at many levels. Scientific method is about developing and evaluating explanations through experimental evidence and modelling. This drives critical and creative thought. Through Science, pupils understand how major scientific ideas contribute to technological change – impacting on industry, business and medicine and improving the quality of life. Pupils are encouraged to question and discuss science-based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world. The school’s policy for Science is based on the National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2. Wherever possible, lessons are practical and creative, with considerable time allocated to the discussion of ideas. This policy has been drawn up to reflect a whole school approach to Science at Holy Trinity.
Teaching of scientific knowledge, conceptual understanding and scientific enquiry
Scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding are taught through specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Children 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. Children are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science today and for the future.