The National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop an 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 knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future
At Snapethorpe Primary School, we aim to plan and deliver a science curriculum which inspires our children to do their very best. Lessons are planned which cover the requirements of the National Curriculum while building on and developing the children’s interests. This is further enhanced by embedding science across the curriculum, such as within our Creative Curriculum topics and by the use of trips to such stimulating places as ‘Go Ape’ and ‘Yorkshire Wildlife Park’. We aim to teach children the skills of working scientifically within each topic, which usually change on a half termly basis, so that in addition to the core knowledge and vocabulary, children are developing skills of observation, investigation and fair testing, classification and data handling. Children have the opportunity during their topics to develop their knowledge initially and then when appropriate apply their knowledge to scientific experiments and analyse/conclude their results.
Each unit is supported by a Knowledge Mat which details the key facts, vocabulary and books linked to the topic. This is available on the school’s website allowing children to make a head start on their learning prior to each new unit of work being taught in school.