Why is Science important? - Our Curriculum Intent
At Paddocks, we believe that a high-quality Science education provides the foundations for understanding the world; 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.
As the children progress through the school, they build up a body of key knowledge, vocabulary and concepts and are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.
At Paddocks, we are inspiring the children to become the scientists of the future. Pupils are encouraged to understand how Science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. We aspire to promote children’s independence and encourage all children to take responsibility for their own learning in the subject; through this, they will develop transferable skills which equip them for an ever-changing world and motivate them to keep asking questions and finding answers to problems that need solving.
What does Science look like at Paddocks? - Our Curriculum Implementation
Science in our school is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation, as well as using, applying and learning skills in all three disciplines of Biology, Physics and Chemistry. We use the White Rose Science curriculum to ensure that all children are exposed to high quality teaching and learning experiences, which allow children to develop their scientific enquiry and investigative skills. They are immersed in scientific vocabulary, which aids children’s knowledge and understanding not only of the topic they are studying, but of the world around them. Planning for Science is a process in which all teachers are involved to ensure that the school gives full coverage of the National Curriculum and ‘Understanding of the World’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Science is either linked to class topics or taught as discrete units and teachers plan to suit their children’s interests, current events, their own teaching style, the use of any support staff and the resources available. As children progress throughout the school, more time is devoted each week to the teaching of Science, up to a maximum of 2 hours.
Science Week 2018
What do our pupils think? - Our Curriculum Impact
“I loved making a house with lights and a door bell.”
“It was funny when the man came in and we looked at wee!”
“I enjoyed finding out about the bugs that live in the classroom and on our hands.”
“I thought it was fun to look at the rocks and fossils.”
“I like doing practical work and finding stuff out.”