A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics, geology and astronomy.
Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.
Our teachers instil in pupils a positive attitude to science learning within our classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils come to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. The science education at our school embeds in our children an understanding of the five types of Scientific enquiry: research, fair testing, identifying and classifying, pattern seeking, and observation over time.
By frequently engaging in Scientific enquiry, our pupils learn that science is not merely knowledge about the world, but rather, a method of thinking that allows us to seek the answers to questions regarding our place in this world and beyond. Pupils learn to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. Pupils utilize a range of methods to communicate scientific data and present it in a systematic, scientific manner, including models, diagrams, graphs and charts.
At St. Augustine’s CE Primary School, we strive to ensure that the Science curriculum we provide bestows in our children the confidence and motivation to continue to further develop their skills into the next stage of their education and life experiences.
At St. Augustine’s we encourage children to be inquisitive throughout their time at school and beyond. A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics, geology and astronomy. Our Science curriculum fosters a healthy curiosity in children about our universe and encourages children to search for answers to investigations through the different aspects of scientific enquiry.
We believe science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. Children will acquire and develop the key knowledge that has been identified within each unit and across each year group. The key knowledge identified by each year group is informed by the national curriculum.
Cross curricular opportunities are also identified, mapped and planned to ensure contextual relevance. We strongly promote educational visits, using our local area, inviting guests to our school and visiting the Science Museum as core necessities within the science learning and teaching. Children are encouraged to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings and a love of science is nurtured through a whole school ethos and a varied science curriculum.