Science Intent Statement
“Science” comes from the Latin scientia (scire = to learn, to know). It is a process of studying and knowing the fundamental laws of nature, through dialogue between theory and experiment. In addition to its being the most extraordinary subject, it is a source of inspiration and understanding, enabling social change whilst saving countless lives.
Ultimately, our goal in teaching Science is to enable children to experience a sense of awe and curiosity whilst interacting with the natural world. Hence a twofold aim for our children: enabling readiness for KS3 & to have instilled a lifelong interest to explore and question phenomena with wonder & interest.
What does Science mean to us at Grange?
Science is about developing a rich body of knowledge about the world around us through working in a scientific manner.
The function of Science at Grange is to continuously expand our knowledge in the 3 disciplines: biology, physics & chemistry. This is done through teaching the curriculum coherently across phases so learning builds upon existing knowledge with no unnecessary repetition of ideas. A coherent curriculum taught between lessons and units allows children to directly build upon the learning from one lesson into the next. An integral part of each lesson is activating prior learning thus providing opportunities to practise retrieval –an important part of memory making. We appreciate the crucial role vocabulary plays as it is at the heart of science learning & knowledge building. To constantly challenge & develop children’s knowledge and skills, we believe the following steps are essential for quality teaching and learning:
- Inspire children to ask questions, work collaboratively, reason and make careful observations
- Empower children to practise using scientific vocabulary and confidently participate in discussions & acknowledging them as scientists in training.
- Make links to prior learning & real-life experiences
- Allow children to explore & plan their own investigations
- Provide hands on learning opportunities to secure & deepen learning
- Offer activities which allow for enjoyment, teamwork, turn taking recording & sharing results and a celebration of skills and knowledge development.
“When children are doing science, they learn science”