As the National Curriculum states, “A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.” At Pinkwell Primary School, we provide children with opportunities to explore the world in a scientific way, and stimulate their curiosity both in science lessons and throughout the 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.
The national curriculum for science reflects the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are key factors in developing their scientific vocabulary and articulating scientific concepts clearly and precisely. They must be assisted in making their thinking clear, both to themselves and others. Teachers support this with the direct teaching of scientific language and the accurate use of technical terminology. The vocabulary relevant to each science topic is on display in the classroom during the lessons.
We encourage the children to ‘work scientifically’ and help them to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions through discussions and debate. Children are taught to observe over time; identify patterns; identify, classify and group; plan and undertake investigations and research using secondary sources. They are taught to find answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data.
Because of the range of approaches, work is recorded in a number of ways, including reports, tables and graphs, scientific diagrams and photographic evidence of investigations.