Here at Whitefield Primary Academy, we understand the importance of the need to gain a deep understanding of the key concepts of Science. Particularly as we are living in a world which is seeking to be more sustainable, environmentally friendly and to manage the changes and challenges to our environment and climate. All of these challenges will not only be our challenges but the future generation’s too. Consequently, it could not be more important to offer high quality and relevant teaching. We do this through our book based curriculum. Scientific skills are developed through knowledge and concepts, which stem from the texts we are reading, and the children are encouraged to use their curiosity as a stimulus for observations, investigations and analysis. Opportunities are provided for pupils to test and challenge ideas through experimentation and to record their findings accurately to allow effective analysis of data.
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 foundation 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 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 programmes of study describe a sequence of knowledge and concepts. While it is important that pupils make progress, it is also vitally important that they develop secure understanding of each key block of knowledge and concepts in order to progress to the next stage. Pupils should be able to describe associated processes and key characteristics in common language, but they should also be familiar with, and use, technical terminology accurately and precisely. They should build up an extended specialist vocabulary and should also apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data.