At St Peter’s, we believe that children have both a natural curiosity about their world and a boundless enthusiasm to make sense of it. With this in mind, we aim to harness both their curiosity and enthusiasm to enable our children to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to prepare them for life in the increasingly scientific and technological age that they live in.
Here at St Peter’s, we know that the teaching of Science develops interest in the world around them and fosters a respect for the environment so by providing children with first-hand experiences, our pupils come face to face with phenomena and learn directly about the way things are and why they behave as they do.
We aim to teach the Science curriculum in a thematic and cross curricula way (where appropriate) with many of our whole school Topic Themes being science based (e.g. Green Planet and Focus on Force.) These Topic Themes are shared across all classes from Year 1 to 6 for a term and are accessed at different levels of progression.
Through the teaching of Science at St Peter’s, and in line with the National Curriculum, we aim to:
Equip children to use themselves as starting points for learning about science, and to build on their enthusiasm and natural sense of wonder about the world.
Develop through practical work the skills of observation, prediction, investigation, interpretation, communication, questioning and hypothesizing, and increased use of precise measurement skills and ICT.
Develop the attitudes of open-mindedness, perseverance, tolerance, co-operation, responsibility, critical awareness and originality.
Encourage awareness of science and scientific advances outside of the classroom, in a global context, and within this, to consider how science has helped solve problems in a wide range of contexts.
Support children’s language development, enabling them to use correct scientific language to become effective communicators, so that they are able to ask, answer and explain scientific questions.
Stress the need for personal and group safety by the correct usage and storage of resources and equipment.
Encourage children to treat the living and non-living environment with respect and sensitivity.
Enable children to appreciate that we do not always know the answers and results when carrying out scientific enquiry.
Teach children to work scientifically developing the skills of classification, observing over time, pattern seeking, fair testing and research
Some of St Peter's Science highlights:
*After school Science Club
*School wide, science-based Topic Themes
If you have any questions about the Science provision at St Peter's, please contact our Science Coordinator, Mr Johnson.