Science at Ravenscote stimulates and excites pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. It also satisfies their curiosity with knowledge. Because science links direct practical experience with ideas, it can engage learners at many levels. Scientific method is about developing and evaluating explanations through experimental evidence and modelling. This is a spur to critical and creative thought. Through science, pupils understand how major scientific ideas contribute to technological change – impacting on industry, business and medicine and improving the quality of life. Pupils recognise the cultural significance of science and trace its world-wide development. They learn to question and discuss science-based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world. National Curriculum
Aims of Science Teaching
Science is a way of thinking which leads to a way of working, which helps in our understanding of the world around us. We give the children the basic skills of numeracy and literacy, through Science we give them the essential thinking and reasoning skills. The question “why?” must play a key role in the children’s science teaching and learning. Practical activities are normally the best medium for understanding Science and the children are encouraged to investigate for themselves as well as follow a more structured approach.
Science teaching at Ravenscote will offer opportunities for children to:
- develop knowledge and understanding of important scientific ideas, processes and skills, relate these to everyday experiences and to be able to explain and understand the world around them;
- learn about ways of thinking; and of finding out about and communicating ideas;
- explore values and attitudes through science;
- develop an understanding of ethics within science.