Science stimulates and excites children’s curiosity about the world in which they live as well as phenomena and events in the world around them. Through practical experiences and ideas science enables children to develop their knowledge and understanding of their world and events that take place within it. Encouraging children to look at the world as a scientist develops life-long skills, which can be applied to a variety of situations within their own lives, to issues in society and the future of our world.
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. Through science, pupils understand how major scientific ideas contribute to technological change - impacting on industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life.
Pupils recognise the cultural significance of science and trace its worldwide development. They learn to question and discuss science-based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world.
Science at Forest and Sandridge enables children to learn, achieve, have fun and succeed!
In our school we aim to:
· Develop children’s natural sense of curiosity about the world in which they live
· Enable children to look at the world as a scientist
· To develop an everyday application of scientific knowledge in the world around
· To develop a respect for all living things and the environment and an understanding of their interdependence
· To promote the learning of skills, understanding and key vocabulary through a scientific attitude to the solving of problems
· Support children in developing a systematic and logical way of investigating, collecting data and communicating findings, which they can apply to their everyday lives
· To encourage the ability to make predictions and suggest explanations based on an understanding of the world around them and scientific knowledge
· Develop knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes & skills and to relate these to everyday experiences
· To promote confidence in the use of appropriate scientific equipment correctly and safely, including the use if ICT to collect and display data
· To develop an ability to understand and interpret scientific information presented in verbal, mathematical, diagrammatic or graphic form and translating such information from one form to another.
The National Curriculum describes the Science which must be taught in each Key Stage (Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2). (Please click this link to see the Science National Curriculum)
Parents and carers have an important role to play in helping their children learn about science. Teachers periodically send home science related homework through which parents have the opportunity to support their child’s learning of scientific concepts.
The school also takes part in Science week which is thoroughly enjoyed by all the children. It allows the children to experiment and test the limits of their science knowledge in a fun and practical way!