A high-quality Science education 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 the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.
According to the new national curriculum, Science should stimulate and excite pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. It should also satisfy this curiosity with knowledge through linking direct practical experience with ideas, engaging learners at many levels. At Sacred Heart, we firmly believe that Science is the basis of understanding the world around us. We promote a love of Science through experiencing, investigating and questioning abstract concepts. All children across the school take part in a challenging and thought provoking curriculum, enabling them to question, predict and investigate their own thoughts and ideas. The children are encouraged to become independent in thinking, be responsible, and sensitive to living and non-living environments as well as developing a willingness to tolerate uncertainty. Our prime aim within the Science curriculum is to nurture the children’s natural curiosity and inquisitiveness about the world’s phenomena– ‘The future belongs to the curious. The ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, poke at it, question it and turn it inside out.’
Working scientifically is the lifeblood of each and every area of subject matter and is what gives life and sustenance to learning new knowledge and developing understanding within Science. It is a large part of the new curriculum and is embedded throughout all topics. Some of the scientific skills include: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources. Pupils are also encouraged to seek answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data, relating to their mathematics.
Sacred Heart’s key Science principles include:
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