At St Raphael’s, our pupils will be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Our aim is for children to develop a secure understanding so they are able to describe processes and key characteristics in common language, as well as being familiar with, and be able to use technical terminology accurately and precisely. The practical nature of science is promoted to stimulate children’s curiosity about the world we live in. The children use first hand experiences and investigations to explore, discover and gain scientific knowledge. They are encouraged to investigate problems through close observations, planning, predicting and fair testing. In EYFS, science is taught through the learning area of ‘Knowledge and Understanding of the World’.
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.