At St Andrew’s, we encourage children to be inquisitive throughout their time at school and beyond. The Science curriculum fosters a healthy curiosity in our children about our world and promotes respect for living and non-living things. We believe science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes.
Our children acquire and develop the key knowledge informed by the national curriculum and this builds towards identified phase ‘end points’ in accordance with NC expectations. Our curriculum is designed to ensure that children are able to acquire key scientific knowledge through practical experiences; using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently. The school’s approach to science takes account of the school’s own context, ensuring access to places of scientific interest. Cross curricular opportunities are also identified, mapped and planned to ensure contextual relevance.
Our children are encouraged to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings and a love of science is nurtured through a whole school ethos and a varied science curriculum. Children are further encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring; predict how things will behave; and analyse causes. It will provide opportunities for the critical evaluation of evidence and rational explanation of scientific phenomena, as well as opportunity to apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data.