At Elmhurst school, we believe that the teaching and learning of Science should inspire children to want to know more about our world and to think and act like Scientists. It is our intention to develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding. To equip the children with knowledge and to develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
Our aim is for all children to develop skills, and knowledge and understanding in the following:
Scientific Knowledge and Conceptual Understanding
A progression of scientific knowledge and skills. The children will develop a secure understanding of key knowledge and concepts. They will be able to use technical terminology accurately and apply their mathematical knowledge where appropriate.
The Nature, Processes and Methods of Science
‘Working scientifically’ specifies the understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science. The application of the ‘working scientifically’ skills should be applied across all strands of the curriculum: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth science. Types of scientific enquiry include: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources. Pupils should seek answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data.
Pupils should build up an extended specialist specific vocabulary related to their learning. They should be encouraged to use the correct and specific vocabulary for all processes and topics. They need to be able to articulate scientific concepts clearly and precisely.