At Straits Primary School, we encourage children to be inquisitive throughout their time at school and beyond. We aim to stimulate a child’s curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do. The Science curriculum fosters a healthy curiosity in children about our universe and promotes respect for the living and non-living. Our curriculum teaches methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative thought. Children learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way science will affect their future on a personal, national, and global level. We believe that science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes.
Children will be immersed in key scientific vocabulary, which supports in the acquisition of scientific knowledge and understanding. There will be the opportunity to apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data. Throughout the programmes of study, the children acquire and develop the key knowledge that has been identified within each unit and across each year group, as well as the application of scientific skills.
We ensure that the Working Scientifically skills are built-on and developed throughout our children’s time at Straits so that we create independent learners who can apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently and continue to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings.
We follow the National Curriculum for Science.
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. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Year 4 visit to the Botanical Gardens
Year 4 spent a wonderful day exploring the world of plants. We observed closely in the tropical glasshouses and became Sensational Scientists in our workshop. We investigated plant leaf colour and strawberry DNA. We even powered a clock with potatoes.