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Science

At The Blue School we follow the new National Curriculum for Science. Science is an essential part of children’s education because it helps them understand the properties and functions of the natural and physical world.  To become a competent scientist children need to be encouraged to develop a natural curiosity and to be able to explore by observation, investigation and problem solving, and then to reflect critically on their findings.

AIMS

  • to develop the skills and attitudes required for the study of science.
  • to provide a broad, balanced and progressive science curriculum based on the legal entitlements of the national curriculum, taking into account individual needs.
  • to provide a stimulating, motivating but safe scientific environment which will harness the children’s own innate curiosity and desire for learning.
  • to ensure that children understand that scientific attributes contribute  to all areas of learning.
  • to encourage children to treat their environment with care and sensitivity.
  • to foster a feeling of awe and wonder in their surroundings.

OBJECTIVES

The above aims are achieved by:

  • teaching concepts and skills through a variety of approaches and providing opportunities for pupils to practice the skills necessary for systematic scientific investigations,
  • identifying, promoting and reinforcing positive scientific attitudes.
  • careful planning, taking into account children’s abilities.
  • taking account of children’s previous experience to ensure appropriate coverage and progression.
  • providing a safe working environment, teaching correct use of equipment, developing children’s ability to recognise hazards and ways of controlling them
  • providing practical experiences whenever possible and stimulating interactive displays.
  • relating science experiences to everyday life and the environment wherever possible.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

It is important that each individual teacher identifies the most appropriate teaching strategy to suit the purpose of a practical learning situation.

There are a number of ways in which teaching may be effective and our school encourages learning through investigation and practical tasks, emphasising  first hand experience where possible.

It is however frequently acceptable to use demonstration, research, exploration and teacher-led investigations when circumstances, resources and needs of individual/group allow.

Children are encouraged to use a variety of means for communicating and recording their work.