Aims and objectives - linked to the national curriculum 2014
We believe 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.
Science Our Key Principles:
At the Duke of Norfolk we aim to ensure that all pupils:
Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in science lessons; in line with the new National Curriculum.
Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge and understanding of the methods and implications of science. We encourage the children to ask, as well as answer, scientific questions. We use whole class teaching and group or individual tasks, in which children have the opportunity to engage in practical activities to develop their understanding of the nature and processes of science though a range of different types of scientific enquiries.
The children are provided with opportunities to work scientifically using approaches to answer scientific questions.
We want our children to: develop excitement and curiosity about how science can explain the world around them and could be used in the future; to build up and use technical terminology/ specialist vocabulary; to apply their mathematical knowledge such as the opportunity to use a variety of data. Children use ICT in science lessons because it enhances their learning. They take part in role-play and discussions, and they present reports to the rest of the class. Discussion is used to gage and address any misconceptions the children may have. They engage in a wide variety of problem-solving activities. Wherever possible, we involve the pupils in real scientific activities.