The 2014 National Curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics and natural sciences;
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through a variety of different scientific enquiries that help them to answer questions about the world around them;
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future;
- are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Through our teaching of science, we aim for pupils to:
- develop a love of learning and enthusiasm for science, based on their natural curiosity of the world around them;
- care for and respect themselves, their peers and the wider world by understanding the relevance of science to their everyday lives, how the world operates and adapts, and their impact on our planet;
- develop a growth mindset by fostering a safe learning space where they are able question and explore, investigate and problem solve confidently and with resilience so that they never give up;
- be ambitious and successful in their learning, with great science aspirations, through teaching that inspires, engages and models the diversity of what a ‘scientist’ is, thereby increasing their science capital.
Through science, we can also:
- improve skills in other curriculum areas. For example: mathematical skills and literacy skills (where possible) within real contexts;
- develop language skills through discussing and presenting findings;
- develop autonomous and cooperative thinking by providing an environment where learning can become increasingly pupil led.
Science teaching should include all children and promote a love of learning and enquiry. It is important that the teacher identifies the most appropriate teaching strategy to suit the purpose of the particular learning situation and should use their flair, enthusiasm and professional judgement to identify the most sensible, enjoyable and safe methods for the work being conducted.