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Science

 AIMS

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

TEACHING METHODS

Our curriculum is informed by the National Curriculum and we use the Kent Science Scheme as a basis for our planning. These ensure we have good progression in both skills and knowledge.

Teachers then use their own expertise and experience to deliver weekly learning experiences. Where ever possible, links will be made to other areas of the curriculum to enhance learning and deeper children’s understanding.  In addition, children will learn about science in the real world and current scientific advancements found in the news. We want children to be curious about the world around them and to think about the impact we have on it and it on us.

Working scientifically means science lessons are practical, with all children having the opportunity to carry out investigations and think like a scientist as well as discover the science understanding for themselves. This is underpinned by good teaching of the scientific vocabulary and concepts needed to progress at each stage.

HOW CHILDREN WILL LEARN IN SCIENCE

Wateringbury scientists will:

  • develop an interest in science and learn to ask why or how things happen
  • make links between what we learn in our science lessons and what happens in the world around them
  • make observations and talk about they have noticed
  • sort, group and classify
  • be able to carry out investigations thinking about the variables
  • notice patterns and relationships in their results and try to explain what they mean in context
  • have a good science vocabulary
  • know the key scientists who have shaped the world as we know it
  • collect data in a variety of ways and present it in charts and graphs