'Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.'
Science at St. Martin at Shouldham inspires and excites the children at our school. It is designed to develop the natural curiosity to be found in all young children and to teach them to approach a problem in a scientific way, which will involve them in developing key skills. Hands-on, investigation-based science experiments are regularly planned into the curriculum. We follow the National Curriculum (2014) and believe that science is good in our school when children are:
• Inquisitive and asking questions
• Involved in practical ‘hands on’ investigations and enquiries
• Able to relate science to real life
• Leading their learning
• Talking about science and the things they have learnt confidently
• Amazed, inspired, engaged and having fun
By the end of their primary education our pupils should be equipped to make informed decisions about new technologies, their health and the scientific opportunities around them.
The nature, methods and processes of Science:
‘Working scientifically’ is not taught as a separate strand at St. Martins. ‘Working scientifically’ is embedded within the subject’s content whereby pupils focus on key features of scientific enquiry so that they learn a variety of approaches to answer scientific questions. These types of scientific enquiry will include:
Observing over time.
Classifying and grouping.
Comparative and fair testing.
Research using secondary sources.
‘Working scientifically’ is taught throughout each unit. We provide the children with plenty of opportunities to develop their skills in science lessons. The children will be exposed to a variety of practical activities that allow their skills to develop further.
Vocabulary Rich Environments:
Our science curriculum aims to reflect the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum. We believe strongly that the quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are key factors in developing their scientific vocabulary and articulating their scientific thoughts clearly and precisely. We assist children in making their thinking clear, both to themselves and others, and we ensure pupils build secure scientific foundations by using discussion to probe and remedy understanding.