At The Three Saints Academy Trust, we reflect the National Curriculum's belief that high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics and our curriculum is planned to reflect this. It is our aim that all pupils develop an enjoyment and interest in Science, learning how it contributes to all aspects of everyday life; how has changed our lives and how it is vital to the world's future prosperity. All pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.
Children build a body of substantive knowledge and develop ideas of key concepts through a carefully planned and sequential curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena in the world. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes, by developing their skills of scientific enquiry.
Our overall aim is to equip our children with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and in the future so that they themselves seek out science in their everyday lives.
Teachers create a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in science. Our whole school approach to the teaching of science involves ensuring that science is treated as a core subject with sufficient amount of time allocated to it each week on the teaching timetable.
Our curriculum provides children with a rich understanding of key concepts, offers opportunities for children to ask questions using scientific skills to explore the answers and includes a range of appropriate resources to aid understanding of conceptual knowledge. Our curriculum has been designed to progressively build upon the learning and skill development of the previous lesson and the previous years.
As the children's knowledge and understanding increases, they are encouraged to become more proficient in selecting scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results and draw on conclusions based on real evidence. Working scientifically skills are progressive and embedded into lessons to ensure that those skills are being developed throughout their time at primary school.
This broad and balanced curriculum means that pupils develop scientific skills and knowledge which is remembered over time, allowing them to apply and make links to other areas of learning effectively. Our curriculum prepares our children for their next stage in their chemistry, biology and physics learning at Key Stage 3 and beyond.
Our engagement with the local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first- hand experiences and exposure to a diverse range of experts from the industry not only provides the children with positive role models, but also reminds them that they themselves are scientists.