National Curriculum Science
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.
Children should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Science at Bishop Loveday School
At Bishop Loveday, we recognise the vital part that Science plays in igniting children’s curiosity and wonder about the world around them. Scientific investigation satisfies that curiosity with knowledge and can engage learners on so many levels.
Our over-arching science curriculum has been carefully planned to ensure children experience and explore the widest possible range of scientific concepts. Science teaching and learning is a thread that runs through every term and every year group. When it is logical and beneficial to do so, biology, chemistry and physics are taught in a cross-curricular way and, each year, a variety of key stage or whole school science visits, projects and challenges are organised to further extend the children’s scientific enquiry skills and understanding.
During lessons, we encourage all children to work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate different scientific concepts and ideas. Teachers plan enjoyable, engaging and inspiring practical activities that offer the children lots of opportunities for hands-on experience and build upon the skills and knowledge gained in previous years. Lessons frequently link science concepts to everyday life so the children can come to an understanding of natural phenomena and events in the world around them. In line with our ‘Growth Mindset’ approach, science lessons also aim to develop our children’s resilience, open-mindedness and independence.