Science is taught both as a discrete subject and through enquiry led learning in accordance with the new National Curriculum 2014. 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. Therefore all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.
In each year, we hope to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. Science lessons build up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, meaning pupils are encouraged to not only ask questions about real life situations, but also think about how to investigate these, as well as use their knowledge to explain why things happen. Through well planned lessons, the children are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Each term, the classes conduct a science investigation to answer a problem or real life scenario. These allow the children to learn the different skills for investigation such as fair testing, making predictions, observing and recording as well as providing the opportunity for children to transfer their scientific knowledge to interpret the results.
Year 6 children are invited to join a Forensic Science workshop at Hobart High School in the Spring term. It is an opportunity to work with other pupils across the cluster on science activities, using equipment and resources we may not have at Alpington.