Science: Statement of Intent
Purpose of Study:
A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. 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. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Who is a Lexden Scientist?
A Lexden Scientist asks questions and is curious about the world around them.
A Lexden Scientist can use equipment to perform a range of tests and make accurate observations.
A Lexden Scientist can gather, record and present data in different ways.
A Lexden Scientist is able to confidently use scientific knowledge to predict, reason and answer questions about natural phenomena.
A Lexden Scientist can communicate scientifically.
A Lexden Scientist is able to use scientific knowledge to make links across the curriculum and the outside world.
It is important that children are able to do these when they leave primary school as these objectives are fundamental to the scientific discipline and should therefore adequately prepare them for their future scientific education. It also provides them with an understanding of the world around them and encourages them to think critically and evaluate information, a skill which is becoming vital in our information rich world.
Key elements to our Science Curriculum:
- Purposeful hands on and engaging learning opportunities to encourage the development of scientific understanding and skills.
- Objectives across all strands of ‘working scientifically’ are revisited and embedded within and across year groups to ensure cumulative fluency of scientific enquiry, processes and methods.
- Revisiting of content where appropriate to ensure depth of understanding.
- Connections made within and across subject areas and to the wider world to encourage scientific curiosity.