At The Marist, Science is highly valued because it makes an important contribution to all aspects of life and stimulates children’s natural curiosity about the world around them. We believe it is important to enable children to actively learn by teaching them the skills they need to ask and answer questions in order to make sense of their environment.
In Science we aim to extend the natural curiosity children have about the world around them. The children will be taught skills of observation, prediction, fair testing, measuring, interpretation and evaluation while they are working scientifically. The children are encouraged to devise investigations to solve problems and answer questions raised and work with increasing independence as they move through the school.
We will help pupils to acquire all the skills they need to work scientifically, specifically to:
develop investigative skills
develop an inquiring mind using critical and creative thinking
develop interests, attitudes, vocabulary and communication of ideas
acquire significant knowledge and develop basic concepts
There is a focus on not only acquiring scientific knowledge, but on using the world around us to learn from, learning about real scientists and developing the children’s ability to work scientifically. Through each topic, activities are carefully planned to develop the children’s investigative skills, not only in fair testing, but equally in pattern seeking, in observing over time and in identification and classification.
Strong extra-curricular links will be made where possible and this is facilitated by the cross-curricular approach we adopt to our curriculum. There will be a strong focus on the use of ICT during science lessons, for example, in using dataloggers to measure and record results or using electronic microscopes for observing materials.
We will be using our outdoor learning environments for science study throughout the year – our gardens and pond area providing a good location for the study of plants and trees and the natural world. Each class has access to their own individual raised bed where they can gain first-hand experience of planting, growing and harvesting a variety of plants, fruit and vegetables.