Heather Garth understands the need for all pupils to develop their Scientific understanding and knowledge as an essential component of the curriculum and as a subject in its own right. Through a high-quality Science education, including the use of practical experiences, children will develop their understanding and knowledge of the world in which they live.
We believe that a high quality science education, beginning in the foundation stage, provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building a body of key scientific knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena and the world in which they live. They should be encouraged to ask questions about the world around them, share observations, understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Staff at Heather Garth ensure that all children are exposed to high quality teaching and learning experiences, which allow children to explore ideas, thus developing their scientific enquiry and investigative skills. They are immersed in scientific vocabulary, which builds children’s knowledge and understanding of the world around them.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in science, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school, whilst following ‘The National Curriculum programmes of study for Science 2014’ or ‘Understanding of the World’ in EYFS.
Whilst following the National Curriculum for Science, teaching at Heather Garth also involves differentiating the curriculum to suit the children’s needs. This may involve further support or visuals for those who struggle with their understanding or extending knowledge for those who have a secure understanding. Where possible, Science is linked to class topics, however it is mostly taught as discrete lessons following the Science units to ensure coverage.
We ensure that all children are provided with rich learning experiences that aim to:
- Prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world today and in the future.
- Help our children acquire a growing understanding of the nature, processes and methods of scientific ideas.
- Help develop and extend our children’s scientific concept of their world.
- Build on our children’s natural curiosity and developing a scientific approach to problems.
- Encouraging open-mindedness, self-assessment, perseverance and developing the skills of investigation – including: observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating.
- Develop the use of scientific language, recording and techniques.
- Make links between science and other subjects.
The impact and measure of this is to ensure children not only acquire the appropriate age related knowledge linked to the science curriculum, but also skills, which equip them to progress from their starting points, and within their everyday lives. Their progress is tracked in each year group to demonstrate their understanding and knowledge gained.
Through quality Science teaching all children will gain a wider variety of skills linked to both scientific knowledge and understanding, and scientific enquiry/investigative skills. They will develop a rich vocabulary which will enable them to articulate their understanding of taught concepts. They will demonstrate high aspirations, which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life.
From this exposure to a range of different science experiences, all children should feel like they are capable of achieving and feel confident enough to share their knowledge in a way that suits them.
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