'Your imagination, your creativity, your curiosity. It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go on and do all you can with it.' - Mae Jemison, first African American woman astronaut in space
Why teach science?
Children experience ‘science’ every moment of every day. They see the sun move through the sky, they bring light to a room by flicking a switch, they tumble to the ground when they fall. At Bude Primary Academy, we aim to support children in questioning the wonderful world around us. We teach science to inspire and harness curiosity as well as providing an explanation and vocabulary which helps joins the dots. Teaching science allows for those Oooooh!!! moments, when something suddenly makes sense. We offer opportunities for children to engage in new experience as well as noticing and exploring the familiar and encourage all to question, why?
How do we teach science?
We are passionate about delivering a high quality, joined up science curriculum. We follow the Cornerstones curriculum which provides a scaffold for our projects using a variety of exciting, inspirations contexts. Within each lesson, we consider both the scientific knowledge and working scientifically skills which are needed. Children are taught science as a discreet subject but are shown the connections it has with other areas of the curriculum. Science is approached in a variety of ways from learning from secondary sources to regularly designing and carrying out our own comparative or fair tests and reflecting on these.
What difference does learning about science make?
When learning in science, children are invited to hypothesise, predict, set up experiments and investigations, explore and harness evidence, analyse findings, grapple with the unexpected, draw conclusions and accept that sometimes outcomes are not what they expected. This encourages them to become active, enthusiastic, independent learners and opens many doorways for the future.
Through our practical project-based curriculum, we aim to inspire and excite our children and foster a thirst for knowledge
The National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.