The 2014 National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all children:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
- are equipped with the scientific skills required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. We understand that it is important for lessons to have a skills-based focus, and that the knowledge can be taught through this
At St John’s Community Primary School, we want to encourage children to be inquisitive and naturally curious, asking probing questions and not being afraid to explore to find the answers. Science at our school fosters curiosity in children about our universe promoting respect for the living and non-living. We strongly believe that science is routed in the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. The National Curriculum Science Programme of Study outlines what skills and knowledge children will acquire and develop throughout their Primary years. We passionately believe that not only should children have a sound knowledge and understanding of the concepts covered in the National Curriculum but also that the Working Scientifically skills are built-on and developed throughout their school career so that they can use equipment, conduct experiments, build arguments and explain concepts confidently and continue to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings. Children and St John’s will leave knowing that they possess the skills to be the next Marie Curie, Stephen Hawking or Tim Peak!