Purpose of the Science National Curriculum
The aim is for all teachers to provide a high-quality science education so children develop a good understanding of the world around them, which weaves biology, chemistry and physics learning throughout. Science has changed our lives and it will continue to do so in the future, therefore it is vital that our new science curriculum excites and stimulates curiosity about the natural phenomena for all children. It is imperative that children to continue to develop an understanding of the different processes and methods used in science, through different scientific enquiries, by ‘Working Scientifically’.
Here at Kensington Primary school we believe that science stimulates and excites pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. In our school children enjoy exploring the world around them from a very early age and it is important for them to practically explore and interact with their physical environment. Children thoroughly enjoy their Science lessons, especially practical investigative work. It is important for teachers to develop pupils’ curiosity, enjoyment, skills and a growing understanding of science knowledge through an approach whereby children raise questions and investigate the world in which they live. Daily we strive to provide lots of opportunities for children to develop their own knowledge and skills. We aim to promote Children's scientific thinking and ensure that children develop to think 'like real Scientists'.
There is a big focus on ‘Science and spoken language’ in the new curriculum, as what children hear and speak are key factors in developing their scientific vocabulary and articulating of scientific concepts.
It is important for our teachers to be open minded and almost ‘let go’ when our children are planning investigations to enable children to follow their own lines of enquiry and their curiosity. Our aim is for teachers to be creative by finding new and exciting ways to enable children to discover for themselves the science which lies hidden.
‘Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create.’
‘If you are not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original.’
Science Experiment Web Links
Visit the web links below for simple experiments you can do at home.
SAFETY: Please do not try the experiments without an adult to supervise.
* With adult supervision take some time to try out a mini experiment and record your findings in a creative way. You could create a poster, a comic strip, a leaflet, your findings as jottings or even complete one of our planning, do, results and conclusion booklets.
Have fun and further your own learning!
Note for Parents:
If you would like to help support your child’s knowledge and understanding of the topics that they are exploring and investigating in Science then feel free to use the links provided. If you have any questions regarding Science and the National Curriculum for Science then feel free to contact me. Also, if you find any resources that you think would be beneficial to add to our resource bank, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
You can email me at school mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
FAO: Science Coordinator : Miss L Telfer