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St Mary's CE Primary School

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It is our aim in Science that our children are given opportunities to observe, record and draw conclusions about the world around them. We hope to introduce children to the basic elements of experiments and investigations and help them to become more inquisitive.


Aims and Purposes


Through teaching Science our children are given opportunities to:

  • Develop their knowledge and understanding of important scientific ideas, processes and skills and relate these to everyday experiences.
  • Acquire a curious and questioning mind.
  • Develop skills of observation and investigation.

  • Collect, retrieve, present and communicate their findings to others in a variety of ways.


Knowledge and Understanding


Our children should:


  • Be curious about things they observe, experience and explore the world about them with all of their senses.

  • Use this experience to develop their understanding of key scientific ideas and make links between different phenomena and experiences.

  • Begin to think about models to represent things they cannot directly experience.

  • Try to make sense of phenomena, seeking explanations and thinking critically about claims and ideas.


Processes and Skills


Our children should:


  • Acquire and refine the practical skills needed to investigate questions safely.

  • Develop skills of predicting, asking questions, making inferences, concluding and evaluating based on evidence and understanding and use these skills in investigative work.

  • Practical mathematical skills in real contexts.

  • Learn why numerical and mathematical skills are useful and helpful to understanding.

    Language and Communication

    Our children should:

  • Think creatively about Science and enjoy trying to make sense of phenomena

  • Develop language skills through talking about their work and presenting their own ideas using sustained and systematic writing of different kinds.

  • Use scientific and mathematical language including technical vocabulary and conventions and draw diagrams and charts to communicate scientific ideas.


Values and Attitudes


Our children should:


  • Work with others, listening to their ideas and treating these with respect.

  • Develop respect for evidence and evaluate critically ideas, which may not fit evidence available.

  • Develop a respect for the environment and living things and for their own health and safety.