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Science

The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.

-William Lawrence Bragg

 

Introduction

Our policy outlines the teaching and learning of Science. The policy is based on:

Science in the National Curriculum 2014 and the Tom Robson Scheme of Work and is based on two types of understanding:

 

Procedural Understanding – in which scientific skills and concepts are combined to form an overall learning strategy. Children learn to carry out investigations in order to find answers to problems set in everyday life and scientific contexts.

Programme of Study (POS) 1 – Experimental and Investigative Science – describes this type of understanding.

 

Conceptual Understanding – in which scientific knowledge is developed through a series of ideas and concepts. This describes Programmes of Study: 2 - Life and Living Processes; 3 – Materials and their Properties; 4 – Physical Processes.

It has the full agreement of the governors who have approved it. The implementation of this policy is the responsibility of all teaching staff.

 

Aims

The overarching aim for Science in our school is to ensure that pupils:

 

  • To develop scientific knowledge and understanding
  • To develop scientific enquiry skills
  • To ask questions about the world they live in and make simple predictions about what might happen if...
  • To look carefully at the world around them and use their 5 senses to say what it is like
  • To be able to use observations to sort and measure things
  • To record their findings in drawings, charts, words and tables
  • To explain how to make their test fair and explain why it is fair
  • To say what happened and explain trends in their results
  • To have an everyday working knowledge of Science so they can apply it to their everyday lives
  • To make use of ICT, Literacy and Numeracy skills
  • To work safely
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In order to achieve these aims we will:

 

  • Provide a stimulating environment to promote effective learning in Science
  • Ensure continuity and progression in Science by liaising with colleagues on areas covered
  • Give children lots of opportunities to develop and apply investigative skills
  • Provide necessary resources for the children to be taught effectively
  • Provide a safe environment in which to explore Science
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